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Congress Approves Short-Term Funding Extension For DHS

December 6, 2018 by Calvin Biesecker

The House and Senate each passed on Thursday a two-week funding extension for the Department of Homeland Security and several other departments and agencies until Dec. 21, providing more time for Congress to sort out how much it wants to spend on a border security wall along portions of the southern border. The resolution heads […]

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Navy Looking For Separate Funding For Columbia Subs

November 29, 2018 by Rich Abott

A top Navy official confirmed the service is looking to fund the upcoming Columbia-class nuclear-armed ballistic missile submarine program (SSBN) separately from the normal shipbuilding budget. Vice Adm. William Merz, Deputy Chief Of Naval Operations for Warfare Systems (OPNAV N9) told reporters following a Senate Armed Services Seapower subcommittee hearing on Nov. 27 that discussions […]

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House Passes Coast Guard Authorization Bill

November 28, 2018 by Calvin Biesecker

The House on Tuesday evening approved by voice vote a two-year authorization bill for the Coast Guard, sending the legislation to President Trump to be signed into law. The bill gives the Coast Guard multi-year contracting authorities for major acquisition programs, allowing the service to acquire assets more efficiently and at lower costs. The bill […]

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Senate Coast Guard Policy Bill Tracks With House On Acquisition Efforts

November 13, 2018 by Calvin Biesecker

Like the House version that passed earlier this year, the Senate’s Coast Guard Authorization Bill that is expected to be voted on Wednesday includes multi-year contracting authorities for major acquisition programs and the establishment of a land-based unmanned aircraft system (UAS). The bill authorizes the Coast Guard for fiscal years 2018 and 2019, and for […]

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Coast Guard Cancels Tech Demo Of Long-Range UAS

August 21, 2018 by Calvin Biesecker

The Coast Guard on Tuesday said it is canceling plans for to conduct a land-based technology demonstration of long-range unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) because the funding for the project has been rescinded. Congress previously appropriated $17.5 million in fiscal year 2017 research and development funds for the Coast Guard to demonstrate the Long-Range/Ultra Long-Endurance (LR/ULE) […]

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House Appropriators Approve $51.4 Billion DHS Bill; Agree To Fund 12th National Security Cutter

July 26, 2018 by Calvin Biesecker

After a lengthy markup, the House Appropriations Committee late Wednesday afternoon agreed to a $51.4 billion discretionary spending bill for the Department of Homeland Security in fiscal year 2019 and included a provision that would initiate funding for an additional National Security Cutter (NSC) for the Coast Guard. The amendment for the 12th, and likely […]

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Palazzo Plans Amendment To Add 12th NSC To DHS Budget

July 19, 2018 by Calvin Biesecker

Rep. Steven Palazzo (R-Miss.) on Thursday said he plans to introduce an amendment next week to provide funding for a 12th Coast Guard National Security Cutter (NSC) when the House Appropriations Committee marks up the fiscal year 2019 spending bill for the Department of Homeland Security. The House Appropriations Homeland Security Subcommittee (HAC-HS) unanimously approved […]

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House Backs More Funding To Replace A-10 Wings

June 27, 2018 by Marc Selinger

The U.S. House of Representatives late June 26 passed an amendment to the fiscal year 2019 defense appropriations bill aimed at speeding up the installation of new wings on the Air Force’s aging A-10 Thunderbolt II close-air-support aircraft. The amendment, offered by Rep. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.) and approved by voice vote, adds $65 million to […]

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