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Defense Daily, Thursday, November 8, 2018, Vol. 280, Issue 29

2018 Election Opens Up HASC, SASC Memberships

The results of the Nov. 6 midterm elections, from the Democratic takeover of the House to the extra GOP pickups in the Senate, will be reflected in the two chambers’ armed services committees.As of Wednesday afternoon, Democrats had taken control of 222 House seats and the Republicans control 196, with 418 out of 435 seats…

Expect More Budget Scrutiny With New HASC Leadership

When Democrats officially take control of the House in January 2019 following the Nov. 6 midterm elections, the House Armed Services Committee is likely to perform more fiscal scrutiny under likely chairman Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash). However, committee members will still push for their respective priorities, setting up potential battles for key programs.In an emailed…

Freewheeling Science Committee Fixture Rohrabacher Loses Reelection Bid

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher’s (D-Calif.) dead-on Ronald Reagan impersonation will ring no more in the halls of the Rayburn Office building in Washington. The 15-term Congressman — a cold warrior, russophile, Science Committee stalwart, and skeptic of NASA’s planned Space Launch System — lost his reelection bid Tuesday night.The 71 year-old Rohrabacher lost California’s 48th District…

House Retains Technology Policy Proponents, Senate Loses Dem Cyber Legislators

The mid-term election results are expected to have a key impact on congressional cyber efforts, with the House retaining two of its largest digital policy proponents and the Senate losing two Democrats known for pushing cyber operations and supply chain security reform. Rep. Jim Langevin (D-R.I.) handily beat Republican Salvatore Caiozzo and, with Democrats reclaiming…

HASC, SASC Members Still Counting Votes in Key Races

As of Wednesday evening, several races involving current Senate and House Armed Services Committee members remain in limbo after the Nov. 6 midterm elections.Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) appears headed for a recount in his race against Republican state governor Rick Scott. As of deadline Wednesday, Scott’s lead remained within the state’s margin for triggering an…

Caldwell Insists Columbia Construction Will Start in 2021 — But Hard Work Needed to Make Patrol in 2031

The head of the joint Navy-Department of Energy naval reactors program insisted construction on the first Columbia-class ballistic submarine will begin in 2021, but warned that “there will be problems,” and that the Navy will “have to work hard to get her on patrol in 2031.”“We need Columbia boats,” Adm. James Caldwell, head of naval…

Space Force Plan Could Fizzle Under HASC Democratic Leadership

With Democrats in charge of the House of Representatives come January, the path to President Trump’s coveted Space Force just got a little rockier.As Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.) is expected to pivot from his position of ranking member for the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) to chairman after the results of the Nov. 6 midterm…

Dems' House Victory Paints Target on Nuclear Modernization and Low-Yield Warhead

Having won control of the House of Representatives for the upcoming 116th Congress, Democrats are likely to heighten scrutiny of the nuclear arsenal modernization regime and paint a big target on the back of the low-yield, submarine-launched ballistic missile authorized this year.In the past few months, Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.), likely chair of the House Armed Services…

GD Electric Boat Tightening Oversight on Vendor That Botched Columbia Missile Tubes

General Dynamics [GD] Electric Boat brought the hammer down on the supplier that botched a weld job this year on 12 missile tubes intended for the Columbia-class submarine, the president of the submarine prime said here Wednesday.However, the extent of the consequences for vendor BWX Technologies [BWXT] — and any effect on the boat’s delivery schedule — was unclear.“I…

Incoming HAC-HS Chair Roybal-Allard Supports New Icebreaker, S&T Over Border Wall

Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-Calif.), who is likely to become chairwoman of the House panel that oversees funding for the Department of Homeland Security, has said she opposes hefty increases in spending on physical barriers along the southern border in favor of a number of other priorities, including a new heavy polar icebreaker for the Coast…

Rotor Focus May Shift in House, as Granger To Cede Chairmanship of HAC-D

While nearly all of the U.S. senators and representatives on the respective defense appropriations committees retained their seats at the polls on Nov. 6, the Democratic control of the House to begin in January will mean that there will be new leadership of the House Appropriations Committee and its defense panel.Rep. Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.) will…