Department of Defense

26 Jun 2012

Six  of the twelve FY 2013 appropriations bills will have been considered on the  House floor by the end of this week.  Awaiting  floor action, which may occur in late July, is H.R. 5856, the FY 2013  Department of Defense Appropriations Bill.   The full House Appropriations Committee passed this bill by voice vote,  and has issued House Report 112-493, a 356-page document containing funding and  policy recommendations. 

23 Jun 2014

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee held a hearing on June 12 to focus on the threat of crude explosives using radiological materials and efforts to secure these materials.  The hearing drew on a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report, Nuclear Nonproliferation: Additional Actions Needed to Increase the Security of U.S.

18 Jun 2014

Yesterday the House Appropriations Committee posted House Report 113-473 that accompanies H.R.  4870, the Department of Defense Appropriations Bill for FY 2015. This bill is now being considered on the House floor; passage is expected by the end of this week.

6 Jun 2014

Last month senators were given the opportunity to sign a letter voicing their support for providing total FY 2015 funding for the Department of Defense’s 6.1 Basic Research programs at “an amount closer to the level enacted for fiscal year 2014, if not higher.”  Eighteen senators signed this letter.

6 Jun 2014

A recent hearing of the Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee reviewed the Obama Administration’s FY 2015 budget request for the science and technology programs of the Department of Defense.  Senior Pentagon officials discussed the potential of revolutionary offensive and defensive systems and the impacts on their programs of significant budgetary pressures.

27 Jan 2012

“We're depending a great deal on being at the  technological edge of the future.” – Defense Secretary Panetta

15 Apr 2014

Senior Pentagon officials appeared before House and Senate Armed Services subcommittees to discuss the FY 2015 request for the science and technology programs of the Department of Defense.  There were few if any expressed differences between the subcommittee members.

11 Apr 2014

“The evaluation is completed and it is staying put” said Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James in reply to a question at yesterday’s hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee.  James had been asked about the possible relocation of the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) from its current location in Arlington, VA to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, OH.

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