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Senate Sends FY 2018 Defense Authorization Bill To Conference

September 19, 2017 by Marc Selinger

The U.S. Senate approved its version of the fiscal year 2018 defense authorization bill by an 89-8 vote late Sept. 18, sending the legislation to a conference committee with the House, which passed its bill in July. Conferees have a host of issues to resolve, including what to do about a House provision that would […]

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Senate Defense Bill Establishes Cyber Warfare Policy; Includes Federal IT Modernization Plan

by Matthew Beinart

The Senate Monday night passed its nearly $700 billion defense authorization bill, which will establish the first-ever cyber warfare policy, including the use of offensive digital weapons, and stipulates a $500 million federal information technology (IT) modernization plan. The Senate’s National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year 2018 passed with an 89-8 vote. The NDAA […]

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Senate Nears Vote On Defense Authorization Bill

September 14, 2017 by Marc Selinger

The Senate agreed Sept. 14 to wrap up floor debate on its fiscal year 2018 defense authorization bill, clearing the way for a vote to pass the legislation Sept. 18. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said that he has worked with Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.), the committee’s ranking Democrat, […]

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Air Force Rethinking JSTARS Replacement

September 12, 2017 by Marc Selinger

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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Congress Passes CR To Keep Government Open Till Early December

September 8, 2017 by Marc Selinger

With Congress running out of time to finish its 12 annual appropriations bills before fiscal year 2018 begins Oct. 1, lawmakers have approved a continuing resolution (CR) to keep the Department of Defense and other government agencies running until Dec. 8. The Senate approved the CR (H.R. 601) Sept. 7 by an 80-17 vote, and the […]

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Thornberry Predicts CR But More Money For Missile Defense

September 6, 2017 by Rich Abott

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) said he thinks Congress will pass a continuing resolution (CR) to fund the government through December and could add additional money for missile defense and readiness. Thornberry expects the three-month long CR to fund the government past the end of the fiscal year on Sept. 30 but […]

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Air Force Bracing For Possible Budget Turbulence

August 25, 2017 by Marc Selinger

The U.S. Air Force has begun preparing for the possibility that Congress will have to pass a continuing resolution (CR) to keep the government running when fiscal year 2018 begins in a little over a month, service Secretary Heather Wilson said Aug. 25. The Air Force could “adapt” to a “very short” CR, and it […]

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Senate Appropriators Pencil In Less Money For Defense Than House Approved

July 31, 2017 by Marc Selinger

The Senate Appropriations Committee (SAC) tentatively plans to provide almost $63 billion less in its fiscal year 2018 defense appropriations bill than its House counterpart has advanced through its own chamber. According to the committee’s recent “funding guidance” to its subcommittees, the Senate defense bill would contain $595.2 billion, including $513.1 billion in base funding […]

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Senate Panel Votes To Save NASA’s Satellite Servicing Mission

July 27, 2017 by Marc Selinger

The Senate Appropriations Committee (SAC) has moved to preserve NASA’s Restore-L satellite-servicing mission, rejecting the agency’s proposal to nix the program. The committee, which approved its fiscal year 2018 Commerce, Justice, Science (CJS) appropriations bill July 27, included $130 million to continue Restore-L. The legislation now heads to the full Senate for its consideration. Acting […]

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House Rejects Attempt To Nix Space-Based Missile Defense

by Marc Selinger

The House has defeated by voice vote a proposal to block funding for a new space-based missile defense system. The proposed amendment to the fiscal year 2018 defense appropriations bill would have denied money needed to carry out a provision in the House-passed FY 2018 defense authorization bill that would direct the Missile Defense Agency to begin […]

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