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Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee

Senate Rejects House Plan To Form Space Corps

The U.S. Senate has approved an amendment to its fiscal year 2018 defense authorization bill that would block a controversial House proposal to create a space corps. The Senate language, offered by Sens. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) and Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), both members of the Senate Armed Services Committee, would ban the use of FY 2018 […]

The E-8C JSTARS. (Air Force photo)

Air Force Rethinking JSTARS Replacement

The U.S. Air Force, which has been preparing to replace its aging E-8C JSTARS ground-surveillance aircraft with a modified civil jet, has begun exploring whether a different approach might be more effective in highly contested environments. Any changes in the acquisition plan could be reflected in the Air Force’s fiscal year 2019 budget request, due […]

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GAO Finds 37 Percent Of Japan-Based Destroyer/Cruiser Warfare Certifications Are Expired

In testimony before members of the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) lastThursday, a Government Accountability Office (GAO) official explained that his office found 37 percent of warfare certifications for U.S. cruiser and destroyer crews based in Japan had expired. John Pendleton, the director of Defense Force Structure and Readiness Issues at the GAO, said that […]

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Senate Appropriations Bill Blocks Closing Of State Cyber Office

The Senate Appropriations Committee has approved a $51 billion spending bill with stipulations to appease concerns over a potential State Department reorganization effort by blocking the use of funds for a move that would eliminate the department’s cyber diplomacy office. The committee approved the FY 2018 State & Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill on Thursday. The […]

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House Committee Passes Homeland Security Bills

The House Homeland Security Committee last Thursday unanimously approved four bills related to cyber, supply chain, border and aviation security.  The Strengthening Cybersecurity Information Sharing and Coordination in our Ports Act of 2017 (H.R. 3101) directs the Department of Homeland Security to develop and execute a cyber security risk assessment model for the maritime community. […]

Artist's illustration of a potential base on the moon. Photo: NexGen Space LLC.

NASA To Seek Industry Bids For Landing Small Lunar Payloads

NASA is gearing up to request industry proposals for using robotic landers to place small payloads on the moon, an agency official said Sept. 7. “We’re preparing for the solicitation as we speak,” said Jason Crusan, director of NASA’s Advanced Exploration Systems Division, who testified at a lunar-exploration hearing before the House Science, Space and […]

Former Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James (Photo courtesy of Air Force)

Ex-Air Force Secretary James Opposes Proposed Space Corps

Former U.S. Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James expressed opposition Sept. 6 to a House-passed proposal to create a space corps within the Air Force Department, saying the new organization would cause upheaval, erect new bureaucratic barriers and fail to fix the problems it is supposed to resolve. James, whose three-year tenure at the Air […]

Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.). (Photo courtesy of office of Rep. Bridenstine.)

Rep. Bridenstine Tapped To Lead NASA

President Trump plans to nominate Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.), a leading space advocate in Congress, to be NASA’s 13th administrator, the White House announced late Sept. 1. Analysts said that Bridenstine’s selection could be a boost for commercial space and returning astronauts to the moon, both of which he has advocated in the House. “While in […]

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Senators Ask Departments For Cyber Security Plans Directed By Trump

The top Republican and Democrat on a Senate committee have asked five federal department heads for their cyber security plans that were directed to be prepared by President Donald Trump as part of an executive order he issued in May. Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.), chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and Claire McCaskill […]

Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.), ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee. Photo from Facebook profile.

Top HASC Democrat Dings DoD For ‘Rushing’ Nuke Missile Contracts

The Pentagon should not have rushed to hand out more than $1 billion in contracts to modernize U.S. nuclear missiles before the Donald Trump administration completes the Nuclear Posture Review it started in January, the ranking Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee said Sunday. “We should not be doubling down on these legacy nuclear […]