Nov 23, 2021
Will the Annual Defense Authorization Bill Get Passed This Year?
If Congress is going to pass the annual defense authorization bill for a 61st consecutive year — and that’s a big if — it’s going to take a tremendous amount...
Nov 20, 2021
Huntington Ingalls CEO: We’re Not Enforcing Vaccine Mandate
WASHINGTON — Huntington Ingalls Industries says it is not forcing out employees who refuse the coronavirus vaccine, putting a major Pentagon contractor at the forefront of a...
Nov 15, 2021
Senate ‘Likely’ to Move Defense Bill This Week
WASHINGTON ― The Senate is “likely” to vote on its long-delayed annual defense policy bill this week, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said in a Sunday letter to...
Oct 7, 2021
Debate on ‘No First Use’ of Nukes Mushrooms in Washington
WASHINGTON ― Five years after President Barack Obama turned back from declaring a “no first use” as U.S. policy for nuclear weapons, opponents say the Biden...
Oct 5, 2021
Why a Debt Limit Default Should Concern the Pentagon
WASHINGTON ― The Pentagon, as of Monday, had not issued departmentwide guidance about the possibility of a debt limit default — an event experts say would be a chaotic foray...
Aug 2, 2021
Defense Top-Line ‘Will Probably Go Up.’
WASHINGTON ― Senate Armed Services Chairman Jack Reed says the defense top-line “will probably go up” to win Republican support on the path to a budget deal for fiscal...
Jul 30, 2021
Sea Power Panel Backs Block Buy of Amphibious Ships
WASHINGTON ― A House panel on Wednesday advanced a proposal to authorize the Navy to make a block buy of amphibious ships for one more year, meant to save taxpayer dollars,...
Jul 27, 2021
Kendall Confirmed As Air Force Secretary
WASHINGTON — The Senate confirmed former Pentagon acquisition chief Frank Kendall to be the 26th Air Force secretary in a voice vote Monday, after defense officials assuaged...
Jul 12, 2021
Defense Revenues Rise Despite a Dark 2020
WASHINGTON — Defense revenues of the top 100 defense companies in the world climbed for a fifth consecutive year, a sign that fiscal 2020 was good for the industry despite the...
Jul 7, 2021
Huntington Ingalls to Buy Alion Science & Technology for $1.65B
WASHINGTON ― Huntington Ingalls Industries announced Tuesday an agreement to buy Alion Science and Technology for $1.65 billion in cash from Veritas Capital ― the latest in a...
Jun 30, 2021
Smith Slams F-35 Lifecycle Costs in Latest Salvo
WASHINGTON ― House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith on Tuesday criticized Lockheed Martin and others over the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter over its exorbitant lifecycle...
Jun 24, 2021
Pentagon Chiefs Insist Flat Defense Budget Is Enough
WASHINGTON ― Top defense officials have completed multiple trips to Capitol Hill to defend President Joe Biden’s flat defense budget request, and now the task of tailoring...
Jun 11, 2021
SASC Advances Air Force Secretary Pick, Six Others
WASHINGTON ― President Joe Biden’s nominee for Air Force secretary and six other top Pentagon picks advanced out of the Senate Armed Services Committee by a voice vote June...
Jun 5, 2021
Defense Firms Quietly Resume Political Giving
WASHINGTON ― Defense companies have slowly ramped up their political donations to the Republicans they once purported to shun over a refusal to acknowledge President Joe...
Jun 4, 2021
Biden Urged to Bring Missile Defense Reductions to Putin Summit
WASHINGTON ― Ahead of President Joe Biden’s summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin this month, more than 60 advocates, former military officers, lawmakers...
May 27, 2021
Biden Urged by Tech Firms To Embrace Commercial Software
WASHINGTON ― Several dozen tech companies and groups are urging U.S. President Joe Biden to ensure that federal agencies buy more commercial software over custom-built versions,...
May 24, 2021
Biden Defense Budget, Coming Friday
WASHINGTON — Details of President Joe Biden’s first defense budget won’t be out until Friday, but lawmakers on the left and right have already drawn out...
May 18, 2021
Under Biden, Kaine Sees War Powers Repeal
WASHINGTON ― After a years-long fight to reclaim Congress’s war powers from the presidency, supporters say they are in talks with the White House for a potentially...
May 13, 2021
U.S. Approves $1.7B Aegis Missile Defense Sale to Canada
WASHINGTON ― The U.S. State Department has approved the potential sale to NATO member and ally Canada of four Lockheed Martin-made Aegis missile defense systems valued at up to...
May 12, 2021
Reed Prioritizing China Deterrence Fund, Comms & Unmanned Ships
WASHINGTON ― Securing Pacific Deterrence Initiative funding to deter China militarily will “remain a priority” of Senate Armed Sources Committee...
Apr 30, 2021
Biden Budget Delay Blows Up Hill Defense Schedule
WASHINGTON ― Senate work on the annual defense authorization bill will be delayed until midsummer because of the ongoing wait for President Joe Biden’s federal budget...
Apr 22, 2021
Lawmakers, Defense Officials Joust Over Next-Gen ICBM Plans
WASHINGTON ― The war over developing a next-generation intercontinental ballistic missile ― whether it’s vital to deter Russia and China, as conservatives say,...
Mar 30, 2021
Austal USA Moves To Add Steel Shipbuilding
WASHINGTON ― Austal USA has broken ground on a steel production line in Mobile, Ala., as the Navy winds down its aluminum-hulled shipbuilding programs and plans on...
Mar 23, 2021
Battle Over Nuclear Weapons Budget Already Underway
WASHINGTON ― Washington’s budget cycle is just getting started, but already Democrats and Republicans are in a war of words over whether to curb or continue the trajectory...
Mar 2, 2021
Indo-Pacific Command Seeks $27B Deterrence Fund
WASHINGTON ― U.S. military officials have outlined a new spending request to boost deterrence against China, including new weapons, new construction and closer...
Feb 23, 2021
Lawmakers: Pentagon Budget Must Prioritize Navy, Air Force & Cyber
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force and cyberwarfare must start taking a larger share of the defense budget if the U.S. is going to compete with China, two...
Feb 12, 2021
How Republicans Might Accept a Smaller Defense Budget
WASHINGTON ― California Republican Rep. Ken Calvert is willing to meet Democratic lawmakers partway in their reported plans to trim the defense budget: cut back on civilian...
Jan 29, 2021
Republicans Urge Biden To Work With Allies on Tech To Combat China
WASHINGTON ― Nearly two dozen Republican lawmakers are calling on President Joe Biden to engage with allies on emerging technologies like 5G networking and artificial...
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