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Gates: Helicopters, Trainers Among Top Needs In Afghanistan

The Defense Department is seeking a number of helicopters and trainers for police and military forces in Afghanistan, Defense Secretary Robert Gates told lawmakers recently. The need is for 20 helicopters–14 for lift and six for attack–that can withstand the harsh temperatures and altitudes in the central Asian country, he told members of the House […]

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The Latest Word On Trends And Developments In Aerospace And Defense Campaign Report. An overflow crowd at BAE Systems in Nashua, N.H., turned out last week to listen to Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), fresh from a solid finish in the Iowa caucuses, said Clark Dumont, vice president of communications for BAE’s Electronics & Integrated Solutions […]

CBO: Missile Defense Spending To Peak At $15 Billion Yearly In Fiscal 2018

Actual Missile Defense Outlays May Need To Be $4 Billion More Yearly Missile defense spending will peak at an annual rate of $15 billion in the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 2018, before trending downward, according to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), and the history of spending on major programs shows it might have to […]

Bush Administration Seeks To Loosen Rules On Sensitive Technology Sales To China

The Bush administration loosened restrictions on exporting sensitive-technology items to China, to help U.S. companies sell more advanced goods to the Chinese, according to a report by a group advocating arms control. That move comes as some U.S. companies, and trade organizations including them, are seeking softer curbs on such sales to China. Military experts, […]

Rep. Wicker To Replace Mississippi Sen. Lott

Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour (R) this week announced he has chosen Rep. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) to replace the retiring Minority Whip Trent Lott. Lott, who had four years remaining in his term in the Senate, left before new ethics rules were in place requiring policymakers to wait for two years before lobbying the government. He […]

Congress Considers Options After President Announces Plan To Veto Defense Bill

By Jen DiMascio Congressional leaders are weighing options for overcoming President Bush’s decision to veto the annual bill to authorize funding for Pentagon operations that lawmakers overwhelmingly passed last month. The bill could be modified to address the administration’s concerns–and a pay raise issue caused by the veto–or congressional leadership could try to override the […]

Base of National Security Support Aids McCain

By Jen DiMascio As the Republican primary nears the key early races in Iowa and New Hampshire, Sen. John McCain’s campaign is releasing endorsements that highlight the Arizona Republican’s military muscle and ties to the defense industry. While McCain’s bid for the Republican nomination started strong, his poll numbers dropped sharply in the spring, and […]

Members of Congress Press For C-17 Funding In FY ’09 Budget

By Jen DiMascio Like a number of senators last week, 57 House members this week appealed to the Defense Secretary to ensure that the Air Force funds C-17 Globemasters in the budget the Pentagon will submit to Congress in February. "USAF leaders have expressed concerns during recent congressional hearings regarding their inability to procure additional […]

Senate Adds $4 Billion In Defense Procurement Funding To Omnibus Package

By Jen DiMascio The final version of the spending bill expected to be passed yesterday by the House of Representatives included $70 billion in funding for the war–about $6 billion of which was set aside for defense procurement. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said yesterday the bill will cover war spending until about April. […]

Huckabee Seeks To Accelerate Growth of Ground Forces

By Jen DiMascio Presidential contender former Gov. Mike Huckabee (R-Ark.) wants to move quickly on existing planned growth in the military’s ground forces and increase investment in defense. Huckabee laid out his defense and foreign policy goals in a wide-ranging article in Foreign Affairs magazine Dec. 15. In the article, he pledges to implement President […]