Archive: Congress

Lott’s Resignation Changes Shipbuilding Support Structure In Congress

By Jen DiMascio Minority Whip Sen. Trent Lott (R-Miss.) announced yesterday he is resigning from the Senate, further changing the team of legislators who have protected the shipbuilding industry. Lott, who is expected to leave by the end of the year, will depart before Sen. John Warner (R-Va.), a former chairman of the Senate Armed […]

Thompson Calls For ‘Million-Member’ Ground Force

By Jen DiMascio Former Sen. Fred Thompson (R-Tenn.), a latecomer to the presidential contest, recently outlined his national priorities for the campaign, among them calling for a "million- member" ground force and support for military modernization. National security should be the nation’s top priority and he is willing to pay for it. "We must begin […]

Political War On Supplemental Spending Continues

By Jen DiMascio Democratic lawmakers last week objected to Pentagon pleas for the quick release of war funding and attacked the administration for politicizing the issue. Before the start of a two-week Thanksgiving recess, the House passed a $50 billion bridge fund that would pay for several months of war operations. But Republicans rejected the […]

Defense Watch

The Latest Word On Trends And Developments In Aerospace And Defense Holiday Spirit. Congress has another week of recess–in other words another week to trade barbs on who is blocking funding for the troops in Iraq. When they return the week of Dec. 3, expect more war debate, possible concessions on a bridge fund and […]

JIEDDO Scrambling For Cash Without Supplemental Funding

By Jen DiMascio As of Dec. 1, the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization (JIEDDO) will have no more funding for new contracts and will only sustain current contracts and keep its headquarters staff and intelligence analysis operations running. "We are going to run out of money," retired Army Gen. Montgomery Meigs told reporters during […]

Defense Watch

The Latest Word On Trends And Developments In Aerospace And Defense Bridge Goes Nowhere. The House-approved $50 billion bill to fund four months of Iraq war operations tanked last week in a 53-45 Senate vote; 60 yeses were required for passage. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said because Defense Secretary Robert Gates said the […]

Senate Panel Approves Young As Next Pentagon Acquisition Chief

The Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) yesterday gave the green light to John Young to become the next chief weapons buyer for the Pentagon, approving a nomination that was brought to the panel in early October. Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.), SASC chairman, told Defense Daily recently that while he did not have a hold on […]

Defense Bill To Recommend Strategic Pause On European Missile Defense Site

Removing former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld from the Pentagon has enabled Democrats to shift opinion about building a third ballistic missile defense site in Europe, a leading Democratic lawmaker said this week. The administration was rushing ahead with construction of the missile defense sites in Poland and the Czech Republic to protect against missiles coming […]

Movement of Defense Bridge Fund, Authorization Bill Slow

By Jen DiMascio At the beginning of the week, lawmakers planned to bring a war-funding bill to a vote and reconciling remaining differences in a bill to authorize funding for the Defense Department. By yesterday, hopes for results were fizzling. The House had passed the $50 billion bill for the Iraq war, but a final […]