Archive: Congress

Backlogged Security Clearances Plague DoD, Contractors, But OPM Sees Progress

By Dave Ahearn Huge delays in performing background clearance investigations on some prospective Department of Defense (DoD) and defense contractor employees is costing the Pentagon and contractors money, endangering national security, leaving critical programs short staffed and creating a zero sum game of employers raiding each other’s shops for workers who already have clearances. That […]

England Tells Senators FY ’10 Budget May Take On Key Navy, Air Force Issues

By Jen DiMascio The budget for fiscal year 2010 may begin to take on the affordability of the Navy’s plan to buy and sustain 313 ships and the Air Force’s mammoth list of unfunded requirements, the deputy defense secretary said yesterday. During a Senate Budget Committee hearing, Sen. Wayne Allard (R-Colo.) asked whether achieving the […]

Aircraft Self-Protection Receivers Top USSOCOM Wish List

By Ann Roosevelt The Suite of Integrated Radio Frequency Countermeasures (SIRFC) Radar Warning Receivers for the MH-60M Black Hawk are No. 1 on the $413 million list of unfunded priorities U.S. Special Operations Command sent to Congress this week. The 31 items on the list are those the command says it needs, but could not […]

Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Lantos Dies

Rep. Tom Lantos (D-Calif.), the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, died early yesterday because of complications due to cancer. Lantos was diagnosed with esophageal cancer in December and announced on Jan. 2 he would not seek re-election, according to a statement from his office. Lantos assumed control of the committee with jurisdiction over […]

Army Seeks $3.9 Billion In Unfunded Requirements

By Jen DiMascio The Army’s chief of staff outlined $3.9 billion in unfunded needs for fiscal year 2009–including $1.59 billion for Humvees and additional equipment for the National Guard. Gen. George Casey also stressed that the service requires fast passage of the wartime supplemental request before Memorial Day in the letter sent to members of […]

Bush Budget Supports Space Exploration, Missile Defense Well: Analysts

President Bush’s federal government budget for the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 2009, provides solid support for space exploration programs and for missile defense, experts said. Bush unveiled his NASA and Missile Defense Agency budget plans a week ago today. (Please see Space & Missile Defense Report, Monday, Feb. 4, 2008.) However, the Aeronautics Industries […]

Lawmakers Likely To Use JSF Test Failure As Proof of Need For Second Engine

By Jen DiMascio The failure last week of an F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) engine blade during proof testing is providing additional fuel for lawmakers who seek to restore funding for an alternate engine. The Pratt & Whitney [UTX] F135 engine for the short takeoff vertical landing (STOVL) variant was undergoing tests in Florida Feb. […]

FCS Incurs Schedule Breach, Operational Capability Slips To 2017

By Ann Roosevelt Congressional budget cuts amounting to more than $789 million between fiscal year 2006 and FY 2008 have resulted in an Acquisition Program Baseline Schedule breach for the Army’s major modernization program–Future Combat Systems (FCS). Last week, Army Secretary Pete Geren was briefed by service program officials on the breach, which means that […]

House Appropriators Ponder Future Mix of Fighter Jets

By Jen DiMascio The House Appropriations defense subcommittee (HAC-D) is looking at proposals regarding the mix of fighter aircraft it will fund for the Air Force next year, according to subcommittee leaders. The HAC-D held a closed hearing this week on the grounding of 162 F-15 aircraft. According to Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.), the committee […]

Gates: F-22 Production Increase Could Hurt More Affordable JSF

By Jen DiMascio Defense Secretary Robert Gates yesterday explained that the Pentagon has opposed mass production of additional F-22 Raptor stealth fighter jets after weighing the near-term risk from near-peer competitors. Gates told the Senate Armed Services Committee in a hearing he is aware the Air Force is talking with lawmakers about the need to […]