Archive: Congress

House Authorizers Want More Ships, Irregular Warfare Executive Agent

By Emelie Rutherford Three House panels yesterday recommended changes to the White House’s proposed defense budget including tacking on up to four additional Navy ships, calling for irregular- warfare organizational changes in the Pentagon and adding nearly $1 billion for equipment readiness. The fiscal year 2009 ship changes recommended by the House Armed Services (HASC) […]

GWOT Supplemental Includes Funds For Super Hornets

By Emelie Rutherford The dual-year war-supplemental bill House and Senate lawmakers are expected to address next week includes at least $42 billion for buying systems including F/A-18 Super Hornet strike aircraft and an array of tactical vehicles. Aides said the version of the bill the Senate Appropriations Committee is expected to mark up next week […]

Thompson Bill Requires DHS To Work With Industry On Biometric Airport Security

By Calvin Biesecker New legislation introduced yesterday by the chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee would require the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to form a working group with industry stakeholders to help find the best way for airports nationwide to deploy interoperable biometric identification credentials and related access control systems for airport employees. […]

House Panel Orders Probes of Missile Defense Programs

By Dave Ahearn A House subcommittee yesterday pushed forward legislation ordering studies into missile defense programs, including the proposed European Missile Defense (EMD) system. The House Armed Services Committee strategic forces subcommittee authorization bill for fiscal 2009 orders the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) and the Pentagon operational test and evaluation office to jointly form an […]

HASC Panel Calls For ARH, FCS Cuts, While Keeping F-22 And C-17 Lines Running

By Emelie Rutherford A House subcommittee yesterday called for cutting the Pentagon’s budget request for the Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter (ARH) and Future Combat Systems (FCS) efforts, while advising adding supplemental funds to keep F-22 jets and C-17 cargo planes’ production lines humming. The House Armed Services air and land forces subcommittee marked up its version […]

VH-71 Is Getting Back On Track, Navy Says

By Geoff Fein The Navy is in the process of preparing to release a request for proposal (RFP) in June for Increment II of its presidential helicopter, as the service looks to put the troubled program back on track The RFP is required because of the changes the Navy has made in Increment II, Capt. […]


Northrop Says Lockheed Joins Its Bid For GPS Work Northrop Grumman Corp. [NOC] recruited Lockheed Martin Corp. [LMT] to join a team competing for the Air Force Global Positioning System (GPS) Next Generation Control Segment (OCX) Phase B contract. The OCX modernization effort will provide mission enterprise control support for the existing GPS Block II […]

Military Needs To Better Coordinate Which Weapons Systems To Use In Prompt Global Strike: GAO Report

The Department of Defense (DOD) needs to better coordinate which weapons systems should be used, and how they would be selected, for employment in global strike operations, including Prompt Global Strike, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) stated. "While DOD studies and officials recognize a need for a broad, holistic view of global strike development, DOD […]

Missile Defense Programs Little Mentioned As Critics Assail Pentagon Procurement Programs

Missile and missile defense programs were little mentioned during a lengthy congressional hearing where some major defense procurement programs were flailed for being over budget, under performance goals and behind schedule. Because missile defense programs generally have been within recent cost and schedule guidelines, they were little criticized in the overruns hearing. However, the same […]

Pentagon Needs To Take Added Steps On Operationally Responsive Space; GAO Finds, However, That Department of Defense Is Making Progress

The Department of Defense (DOD), while making progress in its operationally responsive space (ORS) programs over the past two years, needs to take additional steps to ensure that ORS requirements of combatant commanders are met, according to a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report to Congress. "At this time, DOD lacks a plan that lays out how […]