Archive: Congress

AIA Seeks Focus On Defense Modernization Issues

By Ann Roosevelt The Aerospace Industry Association (AIA)’s newest report finds a defense budget squeeze coming that will affect the next administration and wants presidential candidates to address the specifics of how they’ll manage budget pressures and make future defense investments to keep the U.S. military on the cutting edge. "It is an absolutely critical […]

Justice Department Preparing To Implement IWN In FY ’09

A year after awarding a potential multi-billion dollar contract to General Dynamics [GD] to develop and build a wireless communications network that links federal security officials and state and local first responders, the Department of Justice (DoJ) is seeking about $25 million to begin the program in FY ’09. In its budget documents released in […]

Price Outlines Shortcomings In DHS Budget Request

The chairman of the House panel that oversees funding for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) yesterday said that the FY ’09 budget request for Homeland Security is essentially flat and doesn’t meet ongoing needs. "Such a flat budget fails to address many of the nation’s continuing and unmet homeland security needs," Rep. David Price […]

Marine Corps Proceeds With Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle, Congressional Concerns Remain

By Emelie Rutherford The Marine Corps is moving forward with the once-troubled Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle (EFV) development program, with a key Pentagon meeting planned for next month followed by possible orders for revised prototypes. "It’s a significant time in the program," said Donald Kotchman, deputy, General Dynamics [GD] Amphibious Systems. The General Dynamics-developed EFV is […]

DHS Continues To Struggle With Acquisition Management, GAO Says

By Calvin Biesecker The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has made some progress in how it organizes and manages acquisition activities, but still lacks accountability for how it spends and oversees procurement dollars, an official with the Government Accountability Office (GAO) said yesterday. "A common theme in our work on acquisition management is DHS’s struggle […]

Bush Scores Dual Home Runs For European Missile Defense, But Fails To Win Putin Backing For System During Meetings

Czech Republic Agrees To Host U.S. Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) Radar; NATO Endorses Planned GMD System Installation On Czech, Polish Sites NATO Sees GMD System As Substantial Contribution To Counter ‘Increasing Threat’ To Allied Forces, Territories, Populations, Posed By Ballistic Missile Proliferation; Key U.S. Republicans Hail Both Czech, NATO Statements Favoring GMD President Bush won […]

Griffin: A Troubled U.S. Space Program Faces ‘Silent Sputnik’-America May Lose Long-Held Leadership On The High Frontier

His Warning Sounded As European Robotic Cargo Spaceship Automatically Docks At International Space Station; Griffin Hails Europe As ‘Full-Fledged Space Power’ Mikulski Renews Efforts To Add $1 Billion NASA Recovery Fund, But Other Lawmakers Seek Funding Cuts In Agency Programs; Spaceship Exploration Program May Face Funding Reductions The top leader of America’s space program said […]

Analyst: Obama Would Be A Nightmare For Defense Programs, Firms

By Dave Ahearn If Sen. Barak Obama of Illinois wins the Democratic presidential nomination and then goes on to be elected to the White House, the defense industry better brace for tough times, according to Heidi Wood, Morgan Stanley defense analyst. While Sen. John McCain of Arizona, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, might be better, […]

Transcript Of Remarks By NASA Administrator Michael Griffin

This is a transcription of excerpts from NASA Administrator Michael Griffin’s remarks before the Senate Appropriations Committee commerce, justice, science and related agencies subcommittee on April 3, 2008: " … I am concerned that our nation is now facing a silent Sputnik, [at] a moment when many other countries are racing for a new high […]

GAO Says Airborne Laser Costs Up Markedly, But Obering Says They Stabilized Recently

Placing Limits On MDA Funding Flexibility Mulled While the Government Accountability Office (GAO) told members of Congress that costs of the Airborne Laser (ABL) missile defense system jumped from $1 billion to $5 billion, that occurred in early days of developing the airborne shield, with costs stable and schedules met in recent years. Lt. Gen. […]