Archive: Congress


Rood Cleared To Lead DoD Policy Shop

The Senate confirmed former Lockheed Martin [LMT] International executive John Rood to be undersecretary of defense for policy by an 81-7 vote late Jan. 3. Among those voting no was Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), who complained that many top defense officials appointed by the Trump administration come from major defense companies, creating potential conflicts of […]

Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.). (Photo courtesy of office of Rep. Bridenstine.)

Senate Returns NASA Pick To White House

The controversial nomination of Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.) to be NASA administrator has been returned to the White House, a congressional aide said Jan. 3. The move came after key senators, including Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), an influential voice on space matters, objected to the idea of having a politician run what has traditionally been […]

Artist's rendering of a GPS III satellite. Image: Lockheed Martin.

New GPS Receiver Cards To Exceed DoD Cost Estimate By Billions, GAO Says

Installing new Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver cards on more than 700 different weapons systems will cost billions of dollars more than the Department of Defense’s estimate of $2.5 billion through fiscal year 2021, according to a new report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO). DoD’s estimate reflects the existence of full or partial funding […]

A Navy F/A-18 Super Hornet.  Photo: Boeing.

NASA Urges More Data Collection To Help Fix F/A-18 Oxygen Woes

A congressionally mandated review has been unable to determine why air crews of Navy F/A-18 Hornets and F/A-18E/F Super Hornets have experienced an increase in oxygen deprivation and other physiological episodes (PEs) over the past few years, according to a report by NASA’s Engineering and Safety Center (NESC), which performed the study. But NASA offered […]

Trump Signs FY 2018 Defense Authorization Bill, Urges Hill To Finish Defense Appropriations

President Donald Trump signed the fiscal year 2018 defense authorization conference report (H.R. 2810) into law Dec. 12, calling the nearly $700-billion measure “a momentous step” toward rebuilding the military and protecting the nation. “This legislation will enhance our readiness, modernize our forces and help provide our service members with the tools that they need […]

Kirstjen Nielsen being sworn  in as the new DHS Secretary on Dec. 6. Photo: DHS.

DHS Unifying Counter WMD Support In Response To Evolving Threats

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on Thursday rolled out a new office that consolidates existing organizations that work to protect the U.S. against chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear threats to establish a more holistic and unified approach to combat weapons of mass destruction (WMD). “The United States faces rising danger from terrorist groups and […]

The sunshield for the James Webb Space Telescope. (Photo courtesy of Northrop Grumman)

Webb Telescope’s Launch Slips To 2019

The launch of the James Webb Space Telescope, which was scheduled for October 2018, will be delayed five to eight months because integration and testing are taking longer than expected, a NASA official said Dec. 6. The liftoff of the $8.8 billion, Northrop Grumman [NOC]-built observatory is now expected to occur sometime between March and June […]

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen

Senate Confirms Kirstjen Nielsen As New Homeland Security Secretary

The Senate voted Tuesday to confirm Kirstjen Nielsen as the next secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. The vote to appoint the former White House aide was 62 to 37, with several Democrats and independents supporting her nomination to lead DHS. Sens. Chris Coons (D-Del.), Joe Manchin (D-W.V.), Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), Mark Warner (D-Va.) […]


House Intelligence Committee Approves Bill To Extend FISA Section 702 Through 2021

A House panel approved a bill Friday to re-authorize an intelligence community surveillance program which allows for the collection of information on foreign adversaries and terrorists located outside the U.S. without the need for a warrant. The House Intelligence Committee voted 13-8 to extend Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) for another […]