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Senate Cancels Traditional August Recess To Ease Work Backlog

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) announced June 5 that his chamber will skip the traditional August congressional recess to work through a pile of appropriations bills and presidential nominations. “I think we have enough work to do for the American people that we should be here during these weeks,” McConnell told reporters.  McConnell attributed the […]

Air Force One is currently a Boeing 747-200B. Photo: White House.

Air Force Nixes Controversial Contract To Replace Air Force One Refrigerators

The U.S. Air Force, which faced congressional skepticism over a $24-million sole-source contract to replace the refrigerators on the Air Force One presidential jets, has decided to scrap the deal. Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson told Rep. Joe Courtney (D-Conn.) in a May 29 letter that the service and White House Military Office have agreed […]

An MH-60 Romeo flying near the USS Freedom (LCS-1). Photo: U.S. Navy

Senate NDAA Leaves Out LCS, Does Not Authorize CVN-81

The Senate Armed Services Committee’s markup of its FY ’19 defense authorization bill does not allow additional Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) or authorize CVN-81 ahead of reports on a two-carrier buy like its House-passed counterpart. The House’s National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) authorized spending $1.6 billion to procure three LCSs, an increase of $950 million […]

South Korea's first F-35A is unveiled at a rollout ceremony. (Lockheed Martin photo)

Senate Panel Votes To Block F-35 Transfers To Turkey

The Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) has approved a proposal to block the transfer of F-35s to Turkey and ultimately end that country’s participation in the U.S.-led fighter jet program. The measure, an amendment to the fiscal year 2019 defense authorization bill, would keep the transfer prohibition in place until the Department of Defense gives Congress a […]

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SASC NDAA Mark Reintroduces Push For DoD Cyber Warfare Policy

The Senate Armed Services Committee’s (SASC) mark of the latest defense spending bill reintroduces the push for the Pentagon to develop the first ever cyber warfare policy after last year’s version failed to result in a new plan. SASC’s FY ’19 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) mark, approved Thursday by a 25-2 vote, includes provisions […]

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

OMB Blasts House Proposal To Replace Air Force’s JSTARS Planes With New Aircraft

The Trump administration “objects” to a provision in the House version of the fiscal year 2019 defense authorization bill that would require the Air Force to replace its aging E-8C JSTARS ground-surveillance planes with new aircraft, according to the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB). In a May 22 statement of administration policy […]

The Air Force wants to replace its aging UH-1N helicopter. Photo: Air Force.

GAO Rejects Sikorsky’s Protest Of Air Force Huey Replacement Program

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has rebuffed a pre-contract-award protest that Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin [LMT] company, had filed over the Air Force’s UH-1N Huey helicopter replacement program. The “GAO concluded that the protest grounds were either without merit, untimely, or in some cases, premature,” GAO attorney Kenneth Patton said in a statement late May 22.  […]

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Senate Appropriations Panel Would Fund Low-Yield Ballistic Missile in 2019

The National Nuclear Security Administration would receive not quite $15 billion if a Department of Energy budget bill approved Tuesday by a Senate Appropriations subcommittee becomes law. The bulk of the money — $10.9 billion — would fund nuclear-weapon operations at the semiautonomous Department of Energy agency, with the rest split almost evenly between nuclear […]

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Senator Urges More Scrutiny Of Arms Exports

A member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee urged his fellow lawmakers May 22 to increase their scrutiny of arms exports to minimize the United States’ role in causing civilian casualties. Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) said at a Stimson Center conference that few arms sales are debated in Congress even though the United States is the world’s […]