Archive: Congress

Trident II D5 Fleet Ballistic Missile. Photo: Lockheed Martin

Senate Dems Introduce Amendment to Strip Low-Yield Warhead From NDAA

A group of Senate Democrats led by Sen. Edward Markey (D-Mass.) wants to strip funding for a new low-yield nuclear warhead out of the Senate’s 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) and use the money to develop a plan to help verify North Korea’s nuclear disarmament, should that ever happen. Markey introduced his amendment to […]

Maintenance staff inspect one of the 10 Luke AFB F-35s sent to Nellis AFB for a training deployment, April 15, 2015. Photo: U.S. Air Force.

Senate Aims To Keep Tabs On F-35 Sustainment Costs

The U.S. Senate has approved a proposal that would require the Pentagon to regularly brief lawmakers on efforts to contain sustainment costs for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. The measure would require that the Department of Defense, in its quarterly F-35 program briefings to the congressional defense panels, include “an assessment of efforts to ensure […]

A KC-46A test plane at Boeing Field in Seattle. (Photo by Marc Selinger/Defense Daily)

Senate Panel Wants Air Force To Study Optionally Unmanned Tankers

Concerned about growing threats to the U.S. Air Force’s manned refueling aircraft, the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) has asked the service to explore alternatives, including optionally unmanned tankers. According to a newly released report explaining the committee’s fiscal year 2019 defense authorization bill, the Air Force’s existing KC-135 Stratotanker and its new KC-46A Pegasus, which […]

Two F-35A Lightning IIs from the 388th Fighter Squadron, Hill AFB, Utah, and three F-15C Eagles from the 493rd Fighter Squadron, RAF Lakenheath, England, fly in formation during a training sortie over the United Kingdom, April 27, 2017. The F-35As first arrived at RAF Lakenheath on April 15, 2017, which marked it's first flying training deployment to Europe. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Tech. Sgt. Roidan Carlson)

House Appropriations Bill Boosts F-35 Buy, Backs New JSTARS

The House Appropriations Committee (HAC) unveiled a $675 billion fiscal year 2019 defense appropriations bill June 6 that would buy 93 F-35 Joint Strike Fighters, 16 more than the Trump administration requested. The HAC’s proposed purchase of F-35s also represents a significant increase from the House and Senate FY 2019 defense authorization bills, which would fund […]

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Johnson Wants Counter Drone Bill In Senate NDAA

A bipartisan bill introduced last month that would enable the Departments of Homeland Security and Justice to begin developing policies, procedures and capabilities for countering threats posed by unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in limited circumstances in U.S. airspace hopefully will become part of the Senate’s version of an annual defense policy bill, the chairman of […]

Maintenance staff inspect one of the 10 Luke AFB F-35s sent to Nellis AFB for a training deployment, April 15, 2015. Photo: U.S. Air Force.

F-35 Follow-On Development Contract Slips To June 2019

The U.S. Department of Defense plans to award a major follow-on development contract for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter in June 2019, about 10 months later than previously planned, according to a new report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO). The slippage will give the F-35 program more time to finish its original, often-delayed development […]

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell
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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 […]