Congress

The future of ISR is unmanned, whether commanders like it or not

Air Force officials see the U-2 and Global Hawk as complementary, but they’ll soon have to do without one of them.

Bill would mandate a streamlined satellite program

An amendment to the Senate intel bill would put into law what the military has been trying to do anyway.

Senate committee contemplates new cyber career paths for DOD

Bonuses, incentive/special pay may be in store for cyber-mission employees.

US export control reforms advance

U.S. officials said they are completing a rewrite of export regulations in advance of proposed reform legislation.

Lawmakers assert Army will broaden next-gen radio competition

New York lawmakers say they successfully pressed the Army to shift from sole- to multiple-source contracts for JTRS radios.

Panel warns that US spy R&D isn’t keeping pace

A commission reviewing spy agency research and development finds shortfalls, lack of coordination.

Seapower symposium cancelled due to shutdown

The Chief of Naval Operation said the biennial conference is a victim of the government shutdown.

Army regional network plan advances

Congressional panels give Army the reprogramming flexibility to launch regional networks.

Air Force factoring spectrum reallocation into integration plans

The service’s integration chief says he is working to ensure uninterrupted joint operations.

Like it or not, controversial CISPA cybersecurity bill is back

Two members of the House Intelligence Committee on Feb. 13 reintroduced their Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA), which passed the House of Representatives last year but failed to make it through the Senate.

Republicans pledge to work toward avoiding sequestration

A top Republican senator said Nov. 25 that his party is willing to be flexible about increased revenues provided Democrats give ground on entitlements in the quest to find a legislative solution to sequestration.

Senate rejects Cybersecurity Act for second time

A chorus of voices that included Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and other top national security officials was not enough to convince the Senate to pass the Cybersecurity Act of 2012 during a second vote on the controversial legislation on Sept. 14.

Sequestration planning gets under way at DOD

The Defense Department is at last coming to grips with how it might handle $500 billion in spending cuts over the next decade scheduled to take effect Jan. 2 if Congress doesn't head off the impending sequestration with a deficit reduction plan.

Cybersecurity legislation unlikely this year unless president steps in, says Rep. Dan Lungren

Congress isn't likely to pass cybersecurity legislation this year because the private sector is skeptical of government involvement and many Americans don't understand the urgent need for it.

Informal discussions to head off sequestration underway, says SASC Chairman

There might be a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel for the sequestration dilemma facing the Defense Department.

Pending guidance on sequestration fosters wait-and-see mindset among contractors

Defense contractors frustrated that Congress still has not found a way to avert automatic budget cuts scheduled to begin Jan. 2 might in the days ahead alert thousands of their employees that their jobs are at risk.

Sequestration creates friction between Congress and OMB

When the House and Senate return from recess in September, lawmakers will only have until Jan. 2, 2013, to pass a spending bill that eliminates $1.2 trillion or more from the federal deficit.