Archive: Pentagon

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 […]

Defense Sec. Jim Mattis and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Marine Corps Gen. Joseph Dunford brief media at the Pentagon Aug. 28. Photo: C-SPAN

Mattis Mum on Space Force Cost Estimates

The Defense Department is moving forward on several efforts to improve its acquisition structure when it comes to space, but has not yet defined how much it would cost to execute any of the efforts meant to move toward a new Space Force as envisioned by President Trump, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Tuesday. In […]

Aerial view of the Pentagon, Arlington, VA

Hurdles Remain for FY ’19 Defense Spending Bill

Congress has passed two versions of the fiscal year 2019 defense spending bill at a faster rate than it has in over a decade, but the road to negotiating a full conference bill before the end of 2018 is not yet clear, analysts said. The Senate on Thursday voted 85-7 to approve the FY’19 Department […]

Aerial view of the Pentagon, Arlington, VA

Senate Easily Passes FY ’19 Defense Funding Bill

The Senate has passed a major appropriations bill by a vote of 85-7 that includes defense as well as health and human services, education and labor before the end of August for the first time in two decades. Senators moved Thursday to put H.R. 6157, the fiscal year 2019 appropriations “minibus” bill, to a vote, […]

Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.)

Inhofe: ‘They’re Winning Me Over’ on Space Force

A former Space Force skeptic in the Senate is expressing more support for President Trump’s pet project to develop a sixth military branch devoted to space investment by 2020. Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) told reporters Thursday that he is becoming more persuaded by the idea of a Space Force since Vice President Mike Pence revealed […]

Alan Shaffer testifies before the Senate Armed Services Committee as a nominee for Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment Aug. 21, 2018. Photo: C-SPAN

Support Needed for DoD Acquisition Workforce, Says Undersecretary Nominee

The Defense Department must better train and empower its acquisition workforce if it hopes to buy and develop critical capabilities more rapidly, the candidate for a key Pentagon leadership position said on Tuesday. “Acquisition is not something that someone can walk in off the street and do well,” said Alan Shaffer during his confirmation hearing […]

Falcon Heavy lifts off from Florida during its first flight Feb. 6, 2018. (Photo: SpaceX)

Senators Mulling Trump’s Space Force Roadmap

The road to President Donald Trump’s desired Space Force by 2020 requires congressional approval, and several senators have mixed feelings about the proposed effort to build a brand new service dedicated to space. The Pentagon and Vice President Mike Pence revealed Aug. 9 a roadmap to building a sixth service that could combine all of […]

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DoD Awards $28 Billion Multiple-Award R&D Contract

The Defense Department on Tuesday announced a multiple-award contract worth up to $28 billion to 15 companies and organizations for research and development work on the Defense Technical Information Center’s (DTIC) Information Analysis Center multiple award contract (IAC-MAC). The companies include: Adams Communications & Engineering Technology, Alion Science & Technology Corp.; BAE Systems; Battelle Memorial Institute; Booz Allen […]

Falcon Heavy lifts off from Florida during its first flight Feb. 6, 2018. (Photo: SpaceX)

Analysts: ‘Unanswered Questions’ For the Cost of a Space Force

A new Pentagon report released Aug. 9 described several potential steps and proposals to build up to President Donald Trump’s desired Space Force, but was scarce on cost estimates. The Defense Department’s final report to Congress said the department will lay out specific budget numbers for a potential Space Force when it releases its legislative […]

President Donald Trump signed the fiscal year National Defense Authorization Act into law Aug. 13, 2018 at Ft. Drum, New York. Photo: C-SPAN

Trump Signs $716 Billion NDAA Into Law

President Donald Trump signed into law Monday H.R. 5155, the fiscal year 2019 John McCain National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), authorizing a $716 billion budget, a pay raise for troops and a boost in military end strength. Vice President Mike Pence introduced the president on stage at Ft. Drum, N.Y., home of the Army’s 10th […]