Archive: Congress

President To Sign Defense Authorization Bill

By Jen DiMascio President Bush was expected to sign the defense authorization bill into law on the same day he is scheduled to present his State of the Union address. The Senate passed the bill for the second time Jan. 23, resolving a last-minute dispute over a provision regarding terrorism that could have tied up […]

Bush Issues Changes To Speed Exports Of Sensitive Technology

President Bush ordered changes in U.S. export controls that will accelerate the export of militarily sensitive technology and products. One earlier-announced change already has cut in half the number of export license applications awaiting action at the State Department, the agency stated. While some members of Congress are concerned that the United States may be […]

Israeli Leader Livni Says Israel Seeks ‘Formal Partnership’ With NATO

Livni Decries Iranian Drive For Weapons Of Mass Destruction To Bolster Israel And Missile Defense, Bolster Israeli-NATO Ties: Analyst NATO Needs Missile Shield Protecting Europe And Israel, Asmus Says Israel, as the true democratic nation in the Middle East now threatened by a hostile Iran, wishes to upgrade its relationship with NATO and gain the […]

CBO Sees Huge Reduction In Deficits Beginning In Three Years

Budget Deficits Projected To Swing To Surpluses Vast Improvement In Federal Finances In Next Decade Could Be Enough To Permit Giant Funding Gains For NASA, Missile Defense, Other Federal Programs The annual federal government budget deficit will plunge by an effective $328 billion from the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 2010 to fiscal 2012, the […]

Bush Appoints Special Envoy For MANPADS Threat Reduction

President Bush last week appointed Lincoln Bloomfield as the State Department’s Special Envoy for MANPADS (Man-Portable Air Defense System) Threat Reduction, giving him the lead role for the United States in its efforts to protect international aviation from shoulder-fired anti-aircraft missiles. Bloomfield, who was also accorded the rank of Ambassador by the president, will also […]

Bush May Press European Ballistic Missile Defense Plan In State Of The Union Address

President Bush tonight will deliver his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress, and he may use the televised event to press for construction of a U.S. ballistic missile defense (BMD) system in Europe. While last-minute additions and deletions still are being made in the address, Bush may use the speech […]

DoE Nonproliferation Program Funding GNEP, Iraq Projects–GAO

Congressional auditors have found "serious" problems with an Energy Department nonproliferation program to redirect Soviet-era weapons scientists into commercial employment, saying DoE has overstated its accomplishments, paid salaries to Russian scientists who have no weapons expertise and funneled program money to its Global Nuclear Energy Partnership initiative and projects in Iraq and Libya without congressional […]

Webb Calls For Growth In Maritime Forces

The United States needs to start a national debate about how the military should be shaped, especially as the nation begins to reduce its presence in Iraq, Sen. Jim Webb (D- Va.) said recently. Webb made those comments during a speech at the Surface Navy Association symposium, during which he called for a larger Navy–reiterating […]

Wicker To Join Senate Armed Services Committee

By Jen DiMascio Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) will join the Senate Armed Services Committee, the Senate Minority Leader said yesterday. Wicker, appointed to the Senate to replace Sen. Trent Lott, who retired to start a new lobbying firm, replaces Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), a relatively new addition to the committee. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), the […]

Skelton To Press Pentagon To Start Roles and Missions Review

By Jen DiMascio After the president signs the defense authorization bill into law, the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) is prepared to send a letter urging the Defense Secretary to redraw the roles and missions of the Pentagon in a way not done since 1948. Last year, the military was essentially trying […]