Archive: Congress


HASC Panel Includes AI Oversight, Bolstered Cyber Partnerships For DoD In NDAA Markup

A House Armed Services Committee (HASC) panel approved its markup Thursday of a defense authorization bill, with wide-ranging cyber directives for Pentagon officials to bolster artificial intelligence (AI) oversight and cyber partnership engagement. Lawmakers on the Emerging Threats and Capabilities subcommittee unanimously agreed to send its portion of the FY ’19 National Defense Authorization Act […]

The Virginia-class attack submarine USS Mississippi (SSN 782) departs Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam for routine operations. General Dynamics' sales in the quarter benefited from work on the Block IV version of the class. Photo: U.S. Navy

HASC Subcommittee Mark Includes Subs And Multi-Year F-18 Pacts

The House Armed Services Committee’s (HASC) seapower and projection forces panel conducted a markup of its portion of the FY ’19 National Defense Authorization Act Thursday, adding several ships to the Trump administration’s budget request. The mark supports 13 ships, three above the request. This includes two Virginia-class attack submarines (SSNs), three DDG-51 Arleigh Burke-class […]

The Air Force's SBIRS GEO-4 missile-warning satellite lifts off on an Atlas 5 rocket. (Photo courtesy of United Launch Alliance)

Lawmakers Want DoD To Consider Smaller Buses For Key Satellites

Concerned that large, high-value satellites are vulnerable to growing threats from potential enemies, the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) wants the Department of Defense to consider making greater use of smaller spacecraft. The committee’s newly unveiled fiscal year 2019 defense authorization bill would require DoD to study the benefits and risks of using small- and […]

Defense Secretary James N. Mattis, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Marine Gen. Joseph F. Dunford, Jr., brief reporters on the current U.S. air strikes on Syria during a joint press conference at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., Apr. 13, 2018. (DoD photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Amber I. Smith)

Mattis: Future ‘Maritime’ Defense Strategy Calls For More Ships Sooner

Defense Secretary James Mattis supports further increases to the Pentagon’s shipbuilding budget because the military is planning to adopt a maritime-based strategy to defend the United States homeland, he told the Senate Armed Services Committee on April 26. “I believe we’re moving toward a more maritime strategy in terms of our military strategy to defend […]

An MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned helicopter prepares to land on the littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1) off the coast of Southern California.
Photo: U.S. Navy

House Panel Pushing Navy For Three LCSs And Procuring Frigate Technical Data Rights

The House Armed Services subcommittee on seapower’s mark of the FY ’19 defense authorization bill authorizes three Littoral Combat Ships (LCSs) and would push the Navy to procure the technical data rights to acquired frigate-class ships. The subcommittee mark is recommending the full committee authorize three LCSs for FY ’19, while the Navy only requested […]

The Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) after launching in 2012. Photo: Huntington Ingalls Industries

House Subcommittee Authorizes CVN-81

The House Armed Services subcommittee on seapower approved construction of the fourth Gerald R. Ford-class aircraft carrier, CVN-81, in its mark of the FY ’19 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The authorization for CVN-81 starts in FY ’19 and is set to be the second carrier in a possible two-carrier buy the service is examining […]

An E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (JSTARS) aircraft. Photo: Air Force.

HASC Bill Tells Air Force To Replace JSTARS, Speed Up Compass Call Successor

The House Armed Services Committee (HASC) unveiled a fiscal year 2019 defense authorization bill April 25 that would require the Air Force to replace the E-8C JSTARS ground-surveillance aircraft with a new plane and speed up buying a successor to the EC-130H Compass Call electronic-attack aircraft. The Air Force has argued that a new JSTARS aircraft, […]

U.S. Soldiers, assigned to the 2nd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, secure their Battalion headquarters in a M1 Abrams Tank, during Decisive Action Rotation 17-04 at the National Training Center in Fort Irwin, Calif., Feb 19, 2017. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. JD Sacharok, Operations Group, National Training Center)

Lawmakers Want Army To Speed Armored Vehicle, Helicopter Upgrades

Recognizing the Army’s need to upgrade or replace its ground vehicles and aircraft for future combat, House lawmakers will ask for plans to accelerate both the modernization of its armored brigade combat teams (ABCT) and the Future Vertical Lift (FVL) effort to develop a next-generation helicopter. In its mark of the fiscal 2019 National Defense […]


Senate Panel OKs Nominees To Lead NORTHCOM, PACOM

The Senate Armed Services Committee on April 24 approved President Trump’s nominees to head U.S. Northern Command (NORTHCOM) and U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM). The committee endorsed Navy Adm. Philip Davidson to be PACOM’s commander and Air Force Gen. Terrence O’Shaughnessy to be commander of NORTHCOM and the North American Aerospace Defense Command.  The voice vote […]