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House Expected To Vote On FY 19 NDAA Conference Report Next Week

The House is expected to vote next week on a conference report that settles differences between its version of the fiscal year 2019 defense policy bill and the Senate’s legislation. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) will bring the report on the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to the House floor for consideration ahead of […]

Ratcliffe Introduces Bill To Codify And Evolve Cyber Security Program

Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) on Wednesday introduced legislation that codifies an existing federal cyber security program and ensures that it is continues to evolve to changing threats. The bill is focused on the Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM) program, under which the Department of Homeland Security and federal civilian agencies can purchase an array of […]

Legislation in the Senate and House would enable testing and evaluation of counter UAS systems in the U.S. Shown above is Fortem Technologies DroneHunter, which is a small UAS equipped with a radar detecting, classifying and mitigating potential drone threats. Photo: Fortem Technologies

White House Gives Support To Senate Counter Drone Bill

The White House late Tuesday issued a statement of support for a bill circulating in the Senate that would give the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security limited authorities to detect, track and mitigate potential threats from small drones, they kind that typically can be purchased commercially by anyone. The statement from the White House […]

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House Passes Resolution Committing To On-Time Defense Appropriations; NDAA Conference Continues

Lawmakers on Tuesday passed a resolution to commit to providing the Pentagon with a fully authorized, on-time budget as the House and Senate continue negotiations on the respective versions of their FY ’19 defense authorization bills ahead of a July 27 deadline to complete work on a conference agreement. Rep. Liz Cheney’s (R-Wyo.) resolution cites […]

Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas), chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, addresses reporters before beginning FY19 NDAA conferences. Photo: Matthew Beinart.

House, Senate Expect To Finish FY 19 Defense Bill Negotiations By July 27

The House and Senate began negotiations Wednesday to reconcile differences between their fiscal year 2019 defense authorization bills, with lawmakers expecting to finish the process by July 27. The Senate voted 91-8 Tuesday evening to move to conference and start the process of deliberating its $716 billion version of the annual defense spending bill with […]

CACI International sells its SkyTracker Counter UAS solutions for detecting, tracking and mitigating potential drone threats. Graphic: CACI International

DoD Counter UAS Efforts Creating Framework For Homeland Applications, FAA Official Says

Work done by the Defense Department to thwart potential threats posed by remotely piloted aircraft to its facilities in the U.S. is laying the “foundation” for the Departments of Homeland Security and Justice to rollout similar capabilities in the homeland once they’ve been granted authorities to do, an official with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) […]

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House Science Dems Ask GAO To Examine Cyber Threats To U.S. Electric Grid

Given the prevalence of cyber-attacks and intrusions against critical infrastructure globally, leading Democrats on a House panel have requested the Government Accountability Office (GAO) investigate cyber security threats to the U.S. electric grid. “The threats against our critical infrastructure are widespread, growing, and deeply concerning,” the ranking members on the Science, Space & Technology Committee, […]

U.S. Navy Virginia-class Submarine. Photo: HII

House Torpedoes Extra Subs In Defense Appropriations Bill

The House’s FY ’19 defense appropriations bill passed Thursday sunk an attempt by House Armed Sevices Seapower subcommittee leaders to start funding additional submarines. Reps. Rob Wittman (R-Va.) and Joe Courtney (D-Conn.), chairman and ranking member of the seapower subcommittee, pushed an amendment that would have trimmed other Navy accounts to add $1 billion for […]

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Senate Panel, House Advance FY 2019 Defense Appropriations Bill

The Senate Appropriations Committee (SAC) and the full House passed their respective versions of the fiscal year 2019 defense appropriations bill June 28. The Senate panel approved its version by a 30-1 vote, while the House cleared its legislation by a 359-49 vote. Both bills would provide about $675 billion for defense (Defense Daily, June […]