Defending his department’s $52 billion budget increase for the first time on Capitol Hill this week, Defense Secretary James Mattis ran into heavy skepticism from the committee members who might normally be his most natural allies for a Pentagon plus-up.
Heather Wilson, the newly-confirmed Secretary of the Air Force, wants to know whether her service’s acquisition professionals are actually using legislative provisions meant to help the Pentagon speed up and simplify the acquisition process
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), chairman of the Armed Services Committee, asked whether a new approach to the tactical and operational aspects of federal cybersecurity could be a powerful tool for addressing gaps that impede existing organizational structures.
The Army chief of staff wants a new assessment of the $6 billion WIN-T program, hopefully in time to influence the 2018 Defense authorization bill. He worries the system is too vulnerable in real-world battle conditions and is based on outdated technology.
Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain (R-Ariz.) laid the weight of DoD's first audit squarely on the shoulders of David Norquist, President Trump's pick for DoD comptroller. The department hasn't been audited in 17 years, and has spent the past seven engaged in audit-readiness preparations.
Three senior Air Force generals urged lawmakers to pass a complete budget, warning that another continuing resolution would have consequences for the Air Force so dire that all training missions would be grounded for two months.
Senators grilled President Donald Trump’s nominee for Secretary of the Air Force on Thursday over $450,000 in alleged improper payments her private consulting firm collected from Energy Department laboratories, but their questions and Heather Wilson’s answers did little to shed little additional light on the matter.
The House Armed Services Committee’s top Democrat said Thursday that he plans to reintroduce legislation that would allow the Defense Department to conduct a new round of base realignments and closures (BRAC).
Senate Armed Services Chairman John McCain (R-Ariz.) warns the Trump administration not to repeal the law against banned interrogation techniques.
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) on Monday became the first senior political leader to sketch out a detailed vision for what Defense budgets might look like under a Republican-controlled government.
Just hours after the conclusion of James Mattis' confirmation hearing to be the next secretary of Defense, a broad bipartisan majority of 81 senators voted Thursday to make an exception from the seven-year cooling off period for military officers and allow him to become the department's top civilian leader.
Congress’ two defense policy committees were set to meet Thursday to consider whether retired Gen. James Mattis should be the next secretary of Defense, something both houses of Congress will have to approve since his confirmation would require the suspension of a federal law that demands military officers be out of uniform for seven years before they become the military’s civilian boss.
The Defense Department’s top personnel official said Tuesday that the Pentagon used a flawed process when it decided to bar the nation’s largest for-profit college from military tuition assistance funds last year, and is drawing up new rules meant to be fairer to colleges while also ferreting out deceptive marketing processes.
Congress is doing away with Frank Kendall's position and is authorizing more troops for the services.