The Senate vote of 78-22 to approve a temporary spending bill that included money to support training of vetted Syrian opposition groups to fight Islamist fundamentalists drew praise from President Barack Obama late Thursday. Read More
While generally supporting President Barack Obama’s announced strategy to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS or ISIL), the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee said he wants, “our coalition to go all-in now, so that we do not risk having to use enormously more blood and treasure later. . . . Fortune favors the bold.” Read More
“Do you need those cruisers or don’t you? Do you need that carrier or don’t you?” was one way the chairman of the House Armed Services Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee described Congress’ role in fostering innovation in the armed forces. Read More
Gen. Joseph Dunford, the Pentagon’s pick to lead the Marine Corps, told Congress on Thursday he backs a congressional plan to add a 12th San Antonio-class amphibious warship to the fleet to the planned class of 11. Read More
The Senate Appropriations Committee on Defense (SAC-D) supports the U.S. Navy request for $403 million to continue the development of the Unmanned Carrier Launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike (UCLASS) aircraft — with conditions. Read More
Republicans and Democrats on the House Armed Services Committee fired bipartisan shots at the administration’s request for $58.6 billion in emergency spending, targeting two new categories of spending for counterterrorism efforts in the Middle East and reassuring European allies. Read More
This post has been updated to include a statement from Rep. Randy Forbes (R-Va.).
The U.S. Navy’s chief shipbuilder told Congress the service plans to reshuffle $7 billion in funds to refuel and maintain the nuclear aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN-73). The fate of the carrier was an open question at the start of the year due to ongoing military funding pressures.
CORRECTION: A previous version of this post indicated an amendment that would restrict money to fund a complex refueling and overhaul of USS George Washington (CVN-73) offered by Reps. Jared Polis (Colo.)and Earl Blumenauer (Ore.) had passed. That amendment did not pass in the final House version of Fiscal Year 2015 defense bill. USNI News regrets the error.
House lawmakers preserved a legislative effort to keep the USS George Washington (CVN-73) to fund the start the refueling and complex overhaul (RCOH) of the carrier as part of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 defense bill. Read More
House defense lawmakers soundly rejected proposed Pentagon cuts to a number of big-ticket weapons programs in their version of the department’s Fiscal Year 2015 budget blueprint. Read More