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An F-35 Lightning II instructor pilot with the 58th Fighter Squadron, Eglin Air Force Base conducts aerial refueling for certification at Eglin Air Force Base, Fl, May 13, 2013. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. John R. Nimmo, Sr./RELEASED)

F-35 Procurement Flying High in FY ‘19 Defense Appropriations Bill

The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is emerging as a big winner in the fiscal year 2019 defense spending bill, as congressional leaders have included over a dozen additional aircraft over what was authorized in the FY’19 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Appropriators released Sept. 13 the conference report for the H.R. 6157 “minibus” bill, which […]

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House Committee Passes Counter UAS, Cyber, Border Security Bills

In likely its last markup this year, the House Homeland Security Committee on Thursday unanimously approved five bills dealing with cyber and border security and countering drones, sending them to the House for consideration. One bill, the Hack the Department of Homeland Security Act of 2017 (S. 1281), passed the Senate earlier this year. The […]

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Airport Executive Suggests Aviation Industry Needs Mandated Cyber Security Standards

Cyber security standards and best practices don’t appear to be widely adopted by airports and given pervasive cyber threats Congress should consider directing the adoption of these standards across the aviation industry, an airport executive told a House panel on Thursday. Citing a 2015 survey, Michael Stephens, executive vice president for Information Technology and General […]

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Pekoske Touts Operational Testing Results For CT Scanners At Checkpoints

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is in the final phases of operational testing of next-generation parcel scanners for use at airport security checkpoints with the program on track and producing good results, David Pekoske, the agency’s chief, said on Wednesday. “I am very pleased so far with the results” of the ongoing operational testing and […]

Air Force Secretary Says Space Force Proposal Coming in 2020 Budget Request

The Air Force is putting together a 2020 budget proposal for something that will, more or less, resemble the Space Force President Trump proposed creating as a sixth military service branch, Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson said here Wednesday. “We expect to put forward a proposal with the President’s budget for FY ’20 that includes […]

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House Passes Slew Of Homeland, Cyber Security Bills

The House On Tuesday evening and Wednesday approved a number of bills dealing with homeland and cyber security, including legislation to enhance cyber deterrence, strengthen the Department of Homeland Security’s role in countering potential threat drones, and codify the Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM) cyber security program within DHS. All but one bill, the Biometric […]

Inhofe Gets SASC Gavel, Kyl to Fill McCain’s Senate Seat

The shape of the Capitol Hill defense establishment in the post-McCain era formally gelled Wednesday, as Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) became chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and Republican John Kyl, a former Senator himself, was sworn in to serve the remainder of the late McCain’s term. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) announced […]

Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) before the Senate calls for a withdrawal of U.S. participation in the military campaign in Yemen. Photo: C-SPAN

Lawmakers Increasingly Question U.S. Weapons Sales to Saudis in Yemen

Democratic members of Congress have vowed to oppose future arms sales to Saudi Arabia amid its ongoing conflict in Yemen, and have criticized U.S. military assistance even as Pentagon officials continue to express support. Despite previous attempts to limit weapon sales, the backlash heard since a coalition-directed airstrike hit a Yemeni school bus in early […]

Sen. John McCain during a 2016 Senate Armed Services Committee.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Scott M. Ash)

McCain, Tough on Defense Acquisition, Will Be Hard to Replace

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who died Aug. 25, fought for acquisition reform within the U.S. military with a precision and drive that few senators before him did and few may be able to follow. A Navy combat veteran and prisoner of war, McCain was 81 years old when he passed after a lengthy battle with […]

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House Commerce Committee Republicans Urge DHS, MITRE To Improve Management Of Cyber Security Database

Following a committee investigation that lasted more than a year, Republican leaders on the House Energy and Commerce Committee have asked the Department of Homeland Security and one of its contractors to reform a database that includes a list of publicly disclosed cyber security vulnerabilities and exposures. The legislators recommend in separate letters that the […]