Archive: Congress

The USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) underway on its own power for the first time during its builder's sea trials in April 2017. (Photo: U.S. Navy).

NDAA Conference OKs CVN-81, 3 LCSs, And Advanced Procurement For LPD Flight II

In the negotiated conference version of the fiscal year (FY) 2019 defense authorization bill, House and Senate members agreed to authorize the fourth Gerald R. Ford-class aircraft carrier, three Littoral Combat Ships (LCS), and advanced procurement funds for LPD Flight II San Antonio-class amphibious dock transport ships. The fourth Ford-class carrier, CVN-81, is expected to […]

The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. Photo by Lockheed Martin.

Final Version Of NDAA Halts F-35 Sales To Turkey

Congress’ final version of the fiscal year 2019 defense policy bill halts sales of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter to Turkey pending a full review of all defense sales to the country and an assessment of its impending purchase of the Russian-built S-400 missile defense system. House and Senate lawmakers released their National Defense Authorization […]


House, Senate Lawmakers Cut Tougher Penalties Against ZTE From NDAA

House and Senate lawmakers have removed a provision in the final version of the fiscal year 2019 defense policy bill banning and reimposing sanctions against Chinese telecommunications firm ZTE, despite concerns over the company’s alleged ties to intelligence operations. The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) conference report, released Monday evening, retains a provision prohibiting the […]

Coast Guard heavy polar icebreaker Polar Star (foreground) shown cutting a channel in the Ross Sea as part of Operation Deep Freeze 2017. Photo: Chief Petty Officer David Mosley

GAO Raps Coast Guard’s Planning For New Heavy Polar Icebreaker

The Coast Guard’s plans to acquire and take delivery of a new heavy polar icebreaker by 2023 are “highly optimistic” and not based on realistic schedule targets, a government auditor said on Tuesday. The Coast Guard’s continued focus on short-term acquisition planning means it “has not established a sound acquisition business case” for the new […]

AH-64 Apache Helicopters
Photo: U.S. Army

Congress Adds Funding And Training Dollars, Calls For Aviation Studies To Divert Crisis

Included in the compromise defense authorization bill for fiscal 2019 is more than $40 billion aimed squarely at ending the aviation crisis that already has claimed 25 servicemembers’ lives in 2018. The 2019 National Defense Authorization Act Conference Report authorizes that amount to “begin to overcome the crisis in military aviation by getting more aircraft […]

An E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (JSTARS) aircraft. Photo: Air Force.

House, Senate Negotiated FY ’19 NDAA Cuts JSTARS Replacement Program

House and Senate lawmakers in the negotiated version of their respective fiscal 2019 defense policy bills have agreed to prohibit the Air Force from retiring its current fleet of ground-surveillance planes until 2028 while authorizing funding to advance the Advanced Battle Management System (ABMS) update program, according to Rep. Austin Scott (R-Ga.) Scott, a member […]


House Committee Highlights Capability Gaps With Coast Guard’s Medium Endurance Cutters

The Coast Guard faces a growing capability gap between the times its current fleet of medium-endurance cutters retires and when its fleet of new Offshore Patrol Cutters (OPC) finishes coming on line, according to a House panel that oversees policy authorities for the service. “The ongoing recapitalization of the Service’s cutters was planned two decades […]


House Expected To Vote On FY 19 NDAA Conference Report Next Week

The House is expected to vote next week on a conference report that settles differences between its version of the fiscal year 2019 defense policy bill and the Senate’s legislation. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) will bring the report on the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to the House floor for consideration ahead of […]

Ratcliffe Introduces Bill To Codify And Evolve Cyber Security Program

Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) on Wednesday introduced legislation that codifies an existing federal cyber security program and ensures that it is continues to evolve to changing threats. The bill is focused on the Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM) program, under which the Department of Homeland Security and federal civilian agencies can purchase an array of […]

Legislation in the Senate and House would enable testing and evaluation of counter UAS systems in the U.S. Shown above is Fortem Technologies DroneHunter, which is a small UAS equipped with a radar detecting, classifying and mitigating potential drone threats. Photo: Fortem Technologies

White House Gives Support To Senate Counter Drone Bill

The White House late Tuesday issued a statement of support for a bill circulating in the Senate that would give the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security limited authorities to detect, track and mitigate potential threats from small drones, they kind that typically can be purchased commercially by anyone. The statement from the White House […]