Archive: Congress

Alan Shaffer testifies before the Senate Armed Services Committee as a nominee for Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment Aug. 21, 2018. Photo: C-SPAN

Support Needed for DoD Acquisition Workforce, Says Undersecretary Nominee

The Defense Department must better train and empower its acquisition workforce if it hopes to buy and develop critical capabilities more rapidly, the candidate for a key Pentagon leadership position said on Tuesday. “Acquisition is not something that someone can walk in off the street and do well,” said Alan Shaffer during his confirmation hearing […]

Army Lt. Gen. John Murray was promoted Aug. 20 to the rank of general and confirmed by the Senate to become the new Army Futures Command commander. Photo: Army

Senate Approves New Army, Air Force Commanders

The Senate confirmed several military promotions Monday evening that will impact Army and Air Force commands. Army Lt. Gen. John M. Murray, who currently serves as deputy chief of staff for programs, G-8, was confirmed to assume the rank of general and become the first commander of the Army Futures Command, which is slated to […]

Falcon Heavy lifts off from Florida during its first flight Feb. 6, 2018. (Photo: SpaceX)

Senators Mulling Trump’s Space Force Roadmap

The road to President Donald Trump’s desired Space Force by 2020 requires congressional approval, and several senators have mixed feelings about the proposed effort to build a brand new service dedicated to space. The Pentagon and Vice President Mike Pence revealed Aug. 9 a roadmap to building a sixth service that could combine all of […]

Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., puts H.R. 6157 minibus bill on the floor Aug. 16, 2018. Photo: C-SPAN

Senate to Debate Defense Appropriations Next Week

The Senate on Wednesday put a bill to the floor that includes several fiscal year 2019 budgets, including defense, as the committee hopes to bring the legislation up for a vote as early as next week. The so-called “minibus” H.R. 6157 includes two FY‘19 appropriations measures, the Department of Defense bill and the Labor, Health […]

Falcon Heavy lifts off from Florida during its first flight Feb. 6, 2018. (Photo: SpaceX)

New Command and Elite Force: Pentagon Reveals Steps to Space Force

The Defense Department has released a roadmap for the department to eventually stand up a sixth branch of the Armed Forces devoted specifically to space. Establishing a Space Force that would stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the Air Force, Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard requires legislative approval. But the report, titled “Final report on Organizational […]

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House Passes Final Version Of FY 19 NDAA

The House easily passed the final version of the $717 billion fiscal year 2019 defense policy bill Thursday. Lawmakers voted 359-54 to approve the conference report of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) filed cloture on the legislation for a likely vote next week. “This bill continues to […]

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Final NDAA Calls For Cyber Warfare Policy, Explanation Of DoD Cloud Effort

Congress released the final version of its fiscal year 2019 defense policy bill Monday that calls on the Pentagon to implement the first ever cyber warfare policy and provide justification of its acquisition approach to its massive cloud computing projects before receiving full funding. House and Senate lawmakers’ National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) conference report […]

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House Homeland Security Committee Marks Up Cyber, Biometric, Counter UAS Bills

The House Homeland Security Committee on Tuesday marked up a slew of homeland security bills, including one that codifies the existing Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM) program within the Department of Homeland Security and ensure it evolves to adapt to changing threats. The Advancing Cybersecurity Diagnostics and Mitigation Act (H.R. 6443) was introduced by Rep. […]