Thornberry to mark FY-18 base defense topline at $640 billion; move ERI to base budget

Tony Bertuca | June 22, 2017

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry said Thursday that, barring a multiyear spending deal, he will approve legislation Wednesday that would propose authorizing $640 billion in base defense spending and $65 billion in Overseas Contingency Operations funding.

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Authorizers want MDA to consider competition for hypersonic defense program

Justin Doubleday | June 22, 2017

House authorizers want the Missile Defense Agency to consider at least two competitive designs for a system defending against hypersonic glide vehicle threats.

SM-3 Block IIA fails intercept flight test on heels of MDA production approval

Jason Sherman | June 22, 2017

The joint U.S.-Japan effort to develop a new ballistic missile interceptor suffered a setback this week when the Standard Missile-3 Block IIA failed to intercept a target during its second attempt, potentially complicating plans to transition future testing of the new weapon into the Ballistic Missile Defense System architecture.

New defense topline budget numbers emerging from GOP committees

Tony Bertuca | June 22, 2017

The rough draft of the defense topline for fiscal year 2018 is significantly higher than the figure sought by the Trump administration, though negotiations continue and a partisan budget battle remains likely, according to multiple sources inside three separate House committees.

Courtney: House subcommittee mark requests 13 ships in fiscal year 2018

Lee Hudson | June 22, 2017

The House Armed Services seapower and projection forces subcommittee mark directs the Navy to purchase 13 ships in fiscal year 2018, which disregards the service's initial request of eight vessels.

House wants DOD plan for space-based sensor network to track ballistic missiles and more

Jason Sherman | June 22, 2017

A House panel has proposed legislation that would require the Air Force and Missile Defense Agency to map out a plan to develop and demonstrate an operational prototype of a space-based sensor layer to provide precision tracking data of enemy ballistic missiles "at the earliest practicable opportunity."

The House Armed Services Committee is set to authorize a defense spending increase beyond what the Trump administration has proposed for fiscal year 2018 when the committee drafts its version of the defense authorization bill next week, and will likely do so as the GOP remains mired in negotiations over a broader budgetary blueprint.

The Navy should put in place a four-phase approach to return T-45C Goshawk student pilots to flight by the end of this summer, according to a new service report that investigated aviators' physiological episodes.

CREECH AIR FORCE BASE, NV. -- The Navy is considering a plan to recycle the Air Force's soon-to-be retired MQ-1 Predators for its own use, a Navy spokeswoman confirmed to Inside the Air Force this week.

Even if the Army were to be fully funded at the level of its fiscal year 2018 budget request and receive additional resources to support unfunded requirements, gaps would remain for key service priorities, according to the deputy chief of staff (G-8).

Vencore files for initial public offering

Vencore said this week it has filed a registration statement for an initial public offering of its common stock.

Thornberry to mark FY-18 base defense topline at $640 billion; move ERI to base budget

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry said Thursday that, barring a multiyear spending deal, he will approve legislation Wednesday that would propose authorizing $640 billion in base defense spending and $65 billion in Overseas Contingency Operations funding.

Navy, OMB in negotiations on LCS budget offset; expected to notify Congress before July 4 recess

The Navy and the Office of Management and Budget are in discussions over the budget offset for a second Littoral Combat Ship in the fiscal year 2018 budget and plan to notify Congress of their decision before the July 4 recess, multiple sources confirmed to Inside Defense.

Spencer hearing postponed

The Senate Armed Services Committee announced late Wednesday the nomination hearing for Richard Spencer, President Trump's pick for Navy secretary, has been postponed.

Rogers rails against Air Force response to Space Corps proposal

The chairman of the House Armed Services strategic forces subcommittee said Thursday he is "shocked" and "pissed" at Air Force leadership's response to his subcommittee's proposed mark of fiscal year 2018 policy legislation that would direct the creation of a separate Space Corps.