Archive: Congress

Two Afghan Air Force A-29 Super Tucanos fly over Kabul in 2016. (U.S. Air Force photo)

A-29 Aircraft Sale To Nigeria Clears Hill

A controversial proposal to sell 12 A-29 Super Tucano light-attack aircraft to Nigeria is moving ahead after Congress took no action to block it. The U.S. State Department formally notified Capitol Hill of the potential deal Aug. 2, saying the $593 million transaction, including weapons, training, spare parts and support equipment, would help Nigeria fight terrorist […]

Nicholas Rasmussen, director of the National Counterterrorism Center. Photo: NCTC

Threats To Aviation On The Rise, U.S. Counterterroism Chief Warns

There are several changes in the terrorist threat landscape over the past year, including new threats to aviation security, the head of the U.S. agency responsible for leading the nation’s counter-terrorism efforts said on Wednesday. There has been a “resurgence of aviation threats,” in the past year, “reaching a level of concern we in the […]


GAO Lauds TSA’s Program For Assessing Foreign Airport Security, But Better Data Needed

In the past few years the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has strengthened its program for assessing security at foreign airports with flights into the U.S. although it needs better data to better understand shortcomings in some areas, a government auditor told a House panel on Tuesday. Despite TSA’s efforts, some overseas airports aren’t able to […]


Senate NDAA Calls On DoD To Address Cyber Personnel Recruitment Challenges

The Senate’s recently passed defense authorization bill includes several amendments to address ongoing challenges the Defense Department has with recruiting and retaining cyber personnel. Amendments made to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year 2018, passed Monday in the Senate, direct the secretary of defense to compile a report on training cyber-focused forces […]

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 […]


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 […]


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 […]