February 25, 2018

Grease Skids: Reduce Spending Bill Amendments, Ryan Proposes

House Speaker Paul Ryan wants to eliminate amendments that are bogging down, and sometimes killing, spending bills.

White House Threatens Veto of Senate Defense Bill

Despite a bipartisan agreement, the White House objects to what it regards as too much tinkering in the Senate defense policy bill.

Move to Put Drones at Wallops Gains New Support

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The Accomack County, VA, joins lobbying efforts to locate the Navy still-under-development MQ-4C Triton drone program at the Wallops Flight Facility. Two other sites under consideration are in Jacksonville, FL, and Key West, FL.

Reid on Defense Budget: A Deal is a Deal

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid is balking at adding funding to the defense budget deal agreed to President Obama and former House Speaker John Boehner.

McCain: Amp Up Defense Spending to Counter Threats

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Sen. John McCain says the US needs to spend much more on defense to counter rising threats worldwide.

DefSec Carter Hits House, Senate ‘Micromanagement’

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter is angered by “unhelpful micromanagement” resulting in changes to the draft Defense Authorization Bill.

Long-Term Debt Thought Greatest Threat to US

Veteran military and diplomatic leaders see swollen national debt as the chief security risk to the nation.

DefSec: Investments Continue in UAS Technology

Don’t count unmanned aerial systems out just yet. A Senate subcommittee hears that investments are still being made in the UAS technology despite the military’s shift to more advanced systems.

Wallops Hopes to Land East Coast Drone Hub

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Virginia wants to establish a facility for drone testing at the Wallops Flight Facility. Officials say the permanent duty station would provide 400 jobs. It is in competition with Key West Naval Air Station and Mayport Naval Air Station in Florida.

Infrastructure Moves Up on HASC Budget List

After years of shifting infrastructure dollars to acquisitions, the House Armed Services Committee looks ready to pony up for bricks and mortar.