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May 23, 2019 | Daily News

The Senate Armed Services Committee has agreed to defense authorization bill that would require the Defense Department's annual report on Chinese military strength include a new assessment of Beijing's overseas investments related to national security objectives.

May 20, 2019 | Daily News

This week, for the first time in 10 years, the Senate Armed Services Committee will be marking up its version of the defense authorization bill ahead of its House counterpart, a timing shakeup that has distinct pros and cons for lawmakers, according to former congressional staffers.

May 14, 2019 | Daily News

The Democrat-led House Appropriations defense subcommittee, still smarting from the Pentagon's recent unilateral budget transfers to build barriers on the U.S.-Mexico border, has drafted a bill that would reduce and restrict the Pentagon’s future ability to reprogram funds.

May 01, 2019 | Daily News

Congressional committees are preparing to consider defense spending and authorization bills this month, but lawmakers have yet to reach a bipartisan budget deal to avert sequestration.

April 17, 2019 | Daily News

Speculation is mounting at the Pentagon and on Capitol Hill that President Trump will nominate acting Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan to the full position upon the conclusion of an inspector general ethics investigation, which government officials said is expected soon.

April 05, 2019 | Daily News

Congressional defense committees have approved $79 million in reprogramming funds for the Marine Corps’ new heavy lift helicopter, which is facing schedule delays due to technical problems.

February 14, 2019 | Daily News

The Defense Department's base budget would have to reach $735 billion by 2033 -- an 11 percent increase from the topline projected for 2023 -- if it is to cover the spending plan the Pentagon envisions, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

January 24, 2019 | Daily News

The leaders of the House Armed Services Committee held a brief organizational meeting today and -- in the midst of a partial government shutdown -- stressed their commitment to bipartisanship ahead of what promises to be a politically divisive year.

December 13, 2018 | Daily News

Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Jim Inhofe (R-OK) has instructed his financial adviser to no longer purchase any defense stocks after news broke he bought shares in Raytheon following a meeting with President Trump that led to a newly proposed boost in defense spending.

December 11, 2018 | Daily News

A new Congressional Budget Office report estimates the unit cost of a new fighter jet to replace the F-22 and F-15 C/D at about $300 million and projects the Air Force's yearly procurement spending on the new aircraft will peak in 2030 at about $9 billion in 2018 dollars.

November 27, 2018 | Daily News

Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Jim Inhofe (R-OK) has an ambitious list of priorities all built around a central line of effort -- increasing the defense budget, despite newly empowered Democrats and a White House looking for spending cuts to offset skyrocketing deficits.

November 19, 2018 | Daily News

The Pentagon is preparing a smaller budget following the wishes of the White House, but senior officials -- as well as GOP defense hawks -- hope to convince President Trump to approve additional spending, despite his administration's new taste for fiscal restraint.

November 14, 2018 | Daily News

Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Jim Inhofe (R-OK) today came out in favor of a $733 billion total defense topline, putting him at odds with the White House, which has directed the Pentagon to plan for a $700 billion topline.

November 14, 2018 | Daily News

Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA), expected to become the next chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, said today he is considering negotiations with GOP defense hawks that could increase defense spending on conventional capabilities in exchange for cuts to the U.S. nuclear arsenal.

April 25, 2018 | Daily News

The House Armed Services strategic forces subcommittee is recommending the creation of a new numbered Air Force that would be responsible for the service's warfighting operations and could lay the groundwork for a future Space Corps.

August 01, 2017 | Daily News

The Defense Department should review and update as necessary its policies on cybersecurity, physical security, operations security, and information security to account for risks relating to Internet of Things devices, the Government Accountability Office warns in a new report.

April 15, 2016 | Daily News

The Pentagon has released a report detailing "significant" excess infrastructure capacity in the hopes of nudging a reluctant Congress to support another round of base realignments and closures.

September 12, 2014 | Daily News

In an Aug. 25, 2014, letter, Pentagon acquisition chief Frank Kendall informs the Senate Armed Services Committee that a Defense Department report on the potential of using U.S.-made helicopters for Afghan Security Forces will be delayed until January 2015.

September 12, 2014 | Daily News

In an Aug. 4, 2014, letter, Army Secretary John McHugh tells Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin (D-MI) how some segments of the Army may have been operating with "de facto" caps on its civilian workforce due to budgetary pressures like sequestration, possibly putting the service in violation of Title 10.

May 23, 2012 | Daily News

The Defense Department plans to spent $27 billion through 2020 on intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities, according to a congressional audit that says the Pentagon -- which has plowed $44 billion into ISR since 2001 without regard to long-term ramifications -- should impose new scrutiny and discipline on future acquisitions.

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