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Congress

March 23, 2020

As senators remain stalled over a $1.6 trillion coronavirus economic rescue package, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is circulating her own draft bill that would provide more than $2.5 trillion in emergency funding, including nearly $8 billion in supplemental defense spending.

March 23, 2020

The Pentagon is asking Congress to adopt a legislative proposal allowing Defense Department organizations to use operations and maintenance funding to develop "cyber-operations peculiar" capabilities.

March 20, 2020

The Pentagon earlier this year submitted several Navy legislative proposals to lawmakers, including one that would alter how the service could utilize funding for ship overhaul and maintenance.

March 20, 2020

The Defense Department has submitted the first of two Space Force legislative proposals due to Congress at the end of February, but the substantial policy recommendations are awaiting approval from the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

March 18, 2020

A congressional task force studying how the Defense Department could better adapt for the future is preparing potentially controversial recommendations on issues like Pentagon spending priorities, U.S. efforts in Africa and the military's approach to pandemics like the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.

March 18, 2020

A $45 billion supplemental funding request sent to Congress to combat the COVID-19 outbreak includes $8.3 billion for the Defense Department in the form of an "Emergency Response Fund."

March 16, 2020

The Government Accountability Office is calling on the Defense Department to create a strategy for its redesign of the F-35's troubled Autonomic Logistics Information System, and a new report from the watchdog highlights the need for a standardized performance metric to track the system's impact on fleetwide readiness.

March 10, 2020

The Navy does not expect to eliminate its shortfall of strike fighter aircraft until 2029 and a senior service official conceded today to lawmakers the gap could widen as a result of attrition before then.

March 10, 2020

U.S. European Command has sent Congress a $312 million unfunded priorities list, according to a document obtained by Inside Defense.

March 10, 2020

Deputy Defense Secretary David Norquist said today major Pentagon "new-start" programs, including the Navy's Columbia-class submarine and the Army's new soldier night vision system, would be delayed should Congress pass a stopgap continuing resolution Oct. 1, rather than a regular budget for fiscal year 2021.

March 6, 2020

U.S. Special Operations Command has sent Congress a nearly $1 billion "unfunded priorities" list, which includes aircraft, precision munitions and communications systems mostly to support operations in the Middle East and Africa, according to "for official use only" documents obtained by Inside Defense.

March 5, 2020

Sen. John Hoeven (R-ND) is warning the Congressional Budget Office may overestimate costs of U.S. nuclear forces in an upcoming assessment that could taint the agency's objectivity in major policy debates over controversial programs like the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent.

March 5, 2020

Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy told lawmakers this week the Army taking the lead on the Close Combat Lethality Task Force is a "big win" and the service plans to work closely with the Marines.

March 4, 2020

Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy today said the service’s decision to cancel and restart its Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle solicitation at the start of the year "was received very well" by Congress, while Army leaders are still declining to put forward a detailed timeline for development.

March 4, 2020

Testifying at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing yesterday, Air Force Secretary Barbara Barrett wouldn't commit to submitting traditional acquisition documents for the service's emerging Advanced Battle Management System.

March 4, 2020

House and Senate lawmakers this week questioned Air Force leadership on the service's proposal to retire 44 A-10s in fiscal year 2021, despite language in the FY-17 National Defense Authorization Act that prohibits them from doing so.

December 8, 2019

SIMI VALLEY, CA -- House lawmakers confirmed Saturday the conference committee has reached an agreement on language to authorize a new military service for space, but declined to offer details on the proposed language.

December 5, 2019

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith (D-WA) said today "it is very much possible" that by the end of the day lawmakers could agree on a bipartisan path for the stalled fiscal year 2020 defense authorization bill.

December 3, 2019

Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Jim Inhofe (R-OK) said today the fiscal year 2020 defense authorization bill is being "held hostage" by legislative disagreements beyond his committee's jurisdiction and can only be finalized by Republican and Democratic party leaders.

November 13, 2019

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith said partisan disagreement over how to address President Trump’s use of Pentagon money to fund the construction of a southern border wall continues to be the most contentious issue holding up the fiscal year 2020 defense authorization bill.

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