Archive: Congress

Base of National Security Support Aids McCain

By Jen DiMascio As the Republican primary nears the key early races in Iowa and New Hampshire, Sen. John McCain’s campaign is releasing endorsements that highlight the Arizona Republican’s military muscle and ties to the defense industry. While McCain’s bid for the Republican nomination started strong, his poll numbers dropped sharply in the spring, and […]

Members of Congress Press For C-17 Funding In FY ’09 Budget

By Jen DiMascio Like a number of senators last week, 57 House members this week appealed to the Defense Secretary to ensure that the Air Force funds C-17 Globemasters in the budget the Pentagon will submit to Congress in February. "USAF leaders have expressed concerns during recent congressional hearings regarding their inability to procure additional […]

Senate Adds $4 Billion In Defense Procurement Funding To Omnibus Package

By Jen DiMascio The final version of the spending bill expected to be passed yesterday by the House of Representatives included $70 billion in funding for the war–about $6 billion of which was set aside for defense procurement. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said yesterday the bill will cover war spending until about April. […]

Huckabee Seeks To Accelerate Growth of Ground Forces

By Jen DiMascio Presidential contender former Gov. Mike Huckabee (R-Ark.) wants to move quickly on existing planned growth in the military’s ground forces and increase investment in defense. Huckabee laid out his defense and foreign policy goals in a wide-ranging article in Foreign Affairs magazine Dec. 15. In the article, he pledges to implement President […]

SASC Questions Air Force Comptroller Candidate About Plans For Long Range Strike

The Senate Armed Services Committee yesterday considered four Defense Department civilian nominations including a candidate for to be the next Air Force comptroller. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) asked John Gibson, the current deputy under secretary of defense for management reform in the Pentagon comptroller’s office, whether he would support a proposed funding spike for Next […]

Senators Press Administration To Ask For C-17 Funding In FY’09

By Jen DiMascio Nineteen Senators last week urged Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Office of Management and Budget Director Jim Nussle to provide enough funding for C-17 Globemasters in the administration’s fiscal year 2009 budget request. "For each of the last two years, the Pentagon has failed to fund C-17 aircraft in the annual budget […]

Senate Likely To Pass $70 Billion War Funding Package

The Senate was likely to pass last night an omnibus spending package that would include about $70 billion in funding for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to a Senate leadership aide. A day earlier, the House narrowly passed a version that would have provided $31 billion for the war in Afghanistan and prohibitions […]

United Kingdom Requests 170 MRAP Vehicles

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) Dec. 17 notified Congress of a possible $147 million Foreign Military Sale to the United Kingdom of Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles as well as associated equipment and services. The United Kingdom has requested a possible sale of 170 Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) Category II vehicles, tools […]

House Proposes Omnibus Package That Includes War Money, $4.3 Billion For JIEDDO

By Jen DiMascio The chairman of the House Appropriations Committee early yesterday disclosed its plan to fund the federal government and the military’s war efforts, which includes $4.3 billion for the Pentagon’s Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization. The bill written in the House walks a political fine line between responding to the potential for […]

Defense Watch

The Latest Word On Trends And Developments In Aerospace And Defense In Limbo. Congress has yet to agree on what to do about the federal budget–and within that how to handle war funding. Senators said last week they are waiting to see what the House sends over on Monday. House leaders have said they will […]