Archive: Congress

Hunter Calls For President To Meet With Lawmakers About China

The ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee is imploring the president to meet with key lawmakers to discuss future defense investments in light of China’s recent military buildup and its refusal to allow U.S. ships to port In Hong Kong. China’s decision to block the USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) aircraft carrier strike group […]

Bush Demands Congress Pass DoD Funds; Democrats Issue Sharp Response

Congress is dawdling in providing funds needed to finance the Department of Defense (DoD) and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and military officials have run out of moves to stave off a fiscal crunch by shuffling money among accounts, President Bush said yesterday at the Pentagon. "No more money can be moved" among accounts, […]

Thompson Calls For ‘Million-Member’ Ground Force

By Jen DiMascio Former Sen. Fred Thompson (R-Tenn.), a latecomer to the presidential contest, recently outlined his national priorities for the campaign, among them calling for a "million- member" ground force and support for military modernization. National security should be the nation’s top priority and he is willing to pay for it. "We must begin […]

Lott’s Resignation Changes Shipbuilding Support Structure In Congress

By Jen DiMascio Minority Whip Sen. Trent Lott (R-Miss.) announced yesterday he is resigning from the Senate, further changing the team of legislators who have protected the shipbuilding industry. Lott, who is expected to leave by the end of the year, will depart before Sen. John Warner (R-Va.), a former chairman of the Senate Armed […]

Political War On Supplemental Spending Continues

By Jen DiMascio Democratic lawmakers last week objected to Pentagon pleas for the quick release of war funding and attacked the administration for politicizing the issue. Before the start of a two-week Thanksgiving recess, the House passed a $50 billion bridge fund that would pay for several months of war operations. But Republicans rejected the […]

Defense Watch

The Latest Word On Trends And Developments In Aerospace And Defense Holiday Spirit. Congress has another week of recess–in other words another week to trade barbs on who is blocking funding for the troops in Iraq. When they return the week of Dec. 3, expect more war debate, possible concessions on a bridge fund and […]

JIEDDO Scrambling For Cash Without Supplemental Funding

By Jen DiMascio As of Dec. 1, the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization (JIEDDO) will have no more funding for new contracts and will only sustain current contracts and keep its headquarters staff and intelligence analysis operations running. "We are going to run out of money," retired Army Gen. Montgomery Meigs told reporters during […]

Defense Watch

The Latest Word On Trends And Developments In Aerospace And Defense Bridge Goes Nowhere. The House-approved $50 billion bill to fund four months of Iraq war operations tanked last week in a 53-45 Senate vote; 60 yeses were required for passage. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said because Defense Secretary Robert Gates said the […]

Senate Panel Approves Young As Next Pentagon Acquisition Chief

The Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) yesterday gave the green light to John Young to become the next chief weapons buyer for the Pentagon, approving a nomination that was brought to the panel in early October. Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.), SASC chairman, told Defense Daily recently that while he did not have a hold on […]