Archive: Congress


Senate OKs Griffin To Lead DoD’s New Research And Engineering Shop

The Senate confirmed several national security nominations by voice vote late Feb. 15, including former NASA Administrator Michael Griffin to the new job of undersecretary of defense for research and engineering (R&E). Under a congressional mandate aimed at increasing attention to innovation, the Department of Defense recently split the position of undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology […]

Air Force Gen. Lori Robinson, NORTHCOM/NORAD commander (Air Force photo)

NORTHCOM Chief Says She Will Guard Against Overusing Upgraded F-16s

With the U.S. Air National Guard planning to equip less than a fourth of its F-16s with new radars, a key homeland defense official said Feb. 15 that she will keep an eye on the upgraded fighter jets to prevent them from being overtaxed. “I’m working very closely with the Air Force on this,” said […]

Former Sen. Dan Coats (R-Ind.), the  Director of National Intelligence. Photo: U.S. Senate.

Cyber Still A Top Concern In Intelligence Community’s Global Threat Assessment

Cyber threats against the U.S. remain a top concern of the intelligence community, according to an annual threat assessment, which identifies Russia, China, Iran and North Korea as posing the greatest menace in this domain. The cyber threat “is one of my greatest concerns and top priorities,” Daniel Coasts, director of National Intelligence, told a […]

Rep. Brendan Boyle (D-Pa.).

House Passes Bill To Improve Cyber Security Cooperation With Ukraine

The House passed a bill late Wednesday to improve cyber security cooperation with Ukraine, after the bill’s sponsor urged the White House to consider the international partnership as a critical step for assessing future election and infrastructure cyber threats. Lawmakers overwhelmingly approved the bipartisan Ukraine Cybersecurity Cooperation Act, which calls on the State Department to […]

Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.)

Hassan Introduces Bill To Integrate DHS Databases

After passage in the House last fall, Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) this week introduced in the Senate a bill that directs the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to develop a central framework to integrate its disparate datasets so that agencies can access information about potential terrorist threats faster. The DHS Data Framework Act (H.R. 2454) […]

The T-6A Texan II trainer. (U.S. Air Force photo)

Air Force Says T-6A Trainer Plane’s Woes May Be Due To Maintenance

The U.S. Air Force is investigating whether maintenance problems with the T-6A’s pilot breathing system caused a recent surge in physiological episodes (PEs) that led to the grounding of the trainer aircraft fleet, according to a service official. The Air Force suspects that technicians may need more training to maintain the plane’s on-board oxygen generation […]

Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.).

Senate Committee Plans Markup Of DHS Authorization Bill Soon

In the next week or two the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee plans to mark up its version of an authorization bill for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), a key milestone toward congressional approval of a comprehensive bill that codifies existing and potentially new authorities for the 15-year old department. Committee Chairman […]

Deputy Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke. Photo: DHS

National Vetting Center Would Consolidate Existing Screening Efforts, Duke Says

A National Vetting Center directed by President Donald Trump on Tuesday that will be focused on better integrating data held within various national security agencies about individual terrorists and other and other bad individuals that may seek to enter the U.S. will consolidate existing screening centers across government, Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke […]

Rep. Kay Granger (R-Texas) (Photo courtesy of Granger's office)

Rep. Granger To Seek House Appropriations Chair

Rep. Kay Granger (R-Texas), who chairs the House Appropriations Committee’s defense panel, plans to vie for the helm of the full committee if Republicans keep control of the House in this fall’s elections. Since Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-N.J.) announced Jan. 29 that he will not seek re-election to Congress (Defense Daily, Jan. 30), “people have been encouraging […]