Archive: Congress

Murtha Points To Difficulties With Possibility of Skipping DDG-1000s

By Jen DiMascio The chairman of the House Appropriations defense subcommittee indicated yesterday there are problems with an effort to have the Navy "jump over" its next-generation destroyer in favor of building nuclear cruisers. The Navy wants $2.55 billion in fiscal year 2009 to fund the third DDG-1000 destroyer made by General Dynamics [GD] Bath […]

United States, Poland Outline Missile Defense Pact, But No Final Deal Set

The United States and Poland this week reached an outline of an agreement to have a U.S. ballistic missile defense system installed in Europe, and for Washington in return to provide the Poles with "concrete and tangible" military benefits, but no details of the plan have been set forth and no deal has been finalized. […]

Murtha: Election-Year Politics May Stand In Way of Defense Bill

By Jen DiMascio The chairman of the House Appropriations defense subcommittee told senior Army leaders he predicts election-year politics will make passing a defense spending bill for fiscal year 2009 very difficult, if not impossible. Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.) also alluded to a request that he has made in the past about accelerating near-term pieces […]

Boeing Details Tanker Protest Decision As Lawmakers Demand New Competition

By Emelie Rutherford Boeing [BA] officially protested the Air Force’s decision to give a $35 billion-plus deal for aerial-refueling tankers to a rival last night, after angry lawmakers alleged Boeing underwent an unfair competition during which the service, among other things, failed to clarify its desired plane size. Reps. Norm Dicks (D-Wash.) and Todd Tiahrt […]

Kyl Blasts Obama’s Position On Missile Defense

By Jen DiMascio In a Capitol Hill speech yesterday, Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.), a strong advocate of missile defense, blasted past statements by presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) on the topic. Kyl, who has endorsed Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) for president, said the likely winner of the election–not McCain–has made statements about gutting funding […]

HASC Panel Releases Report To Prompt Discussion of DoD Reform

By Jen DiMascio A House Armed Services Committee (HASC) panel released a study last week on the Defense Department’s roles and missions intended as a "brainstorming" session to kick off an open-ended discussion about potentially sweeping changes to the Pentagon and across the administration. Although the report, a collection of essays about 700 words long, […]

In The News

Brass Don’t Say As Senators Ask Who Built Failed Satellite Whodunit? Senators asked at a hearing which company or firms built that U.S. intelligence satellite that failed completely just after launch, forcing the Navy to alter a missile defense system and shoot it down. But high-ranking Pentagon officials testifying at the hearing said the senators […]

TSAT May Not Launch Until After 2018, Senate Panel Hears

House Panel: Concern That Budget Plans May Short TSAT By $4 Billion, Delaying It By At Least Two Years The Transformational Satellite (TSAT) communications program is slipping into the future, and now may not launch the first satellite until sometime after 2018, key lawmakers were told. Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), chairman of the Senate Armed […]

House Panel Begins Mulling Whether Missile Defense Is Worthwhile

Witnesses Agree Rogue Nations Gain Nuclear/Missile Capabilities, But Differ On Whether Threat Of Strike On U.S. Justifies BMD Program While U.S. ballistic missile defense (BMD) programs have scored multiple successes in shooting down target weapons, staying mostly on schedule and keeping within recent budget estimates, lawmakers last week began raising existential questions about whether BMD […]

Key Lawmaker: NASA Budget Too Low, But Major Increases May Have To Wait Until New President Is In Office Next Year

Bipartisan Support In Congress For Bigger NASA Budget, But Bush May Again Thwart That Move This Year So A Possibility Is Using Continuing Budget Resolution Through Next January, Then Sending Increased Fiscal 2009 NASA Budget To Newly-Elected President Sometime Early Next Year House appropriations lawmakers will increase the total $17.6 billion NASA budget that President […]