Washington Report  (January 19, 2016) The chairman of the House Armed Services Committee hinted at a budget fight over defense after the president's budget is released next month. Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, said in a speech last week that the budget deal reached in October sets the wartime... Read more
(Jan. 14) The retirement of the A-10 from the Air Force arsenal will be put on hold because of its important role in the battle against ISIS and the resurgent Taliban, according to a report by DefenseOne, a website that reports on military issues. The article published online Wednesday says the... Read more
Congress completed its work on the fiscal 2016 federal budget Friday and President Barack Obama signed the measure into law the same day. It provides funding for all government agencies, including the Defense Department, through Sept. 30, 2016.  The budget, which is for $1.1 trillion, includes $514... Read more
The Air Force may have to change its plans to modernize its fleet of aircraft due to fiscal limitations, according to a report from the Congressional Research Service. The analysis released last week cast doubt on the service's plan to field the F-35 fighter as scheduled and purchase the K-46... Read more
Washington Report (Dec. 15, 2015) Congress will have to pass one more continuing resolution before it reaches an agreement on a budget for next year and leaves town for the Christmas and New Year holidays. Politico reports that the $1.1 trillion omnibus bill, which rolls up all 12 appropriations... Read more
Washington Report (November 3, 2015) The Army may devise a plan to pay soldiers extra cash for noncombat deployments, just as it provides hazardous-duty pay for those in war zones. Sgt. Major of the Army Dan Dailey says it is part of a push to make all soldiers ready to deploy, according to Army... Read more
Washington Report (October 20, 2015) Sixteen senators wrote to Army leadership Friday, asking for clarity on the Army's tactical wheeled vehicle strategy.   The note to John McHugh, the Army secretary, and Gen. Mark A. Milley, the Army chief of staff, comes two months after the Army awarded Oshkosh... Read more
Washington Report (October 13, 2015) The 2016 National Defense Authorization Act passed by Congress last week will not reach the president's desk until next week. President Barack Obama has said he will veto the bill because it bypasses caps on military spending. But the bill has not yet been... Read more
Washington Report (September 29, 2015) Congress is likely to pass a short-term measure to fund the government into December, but the Defense Department took the cautionary step Friday of warning troops about what to expect if the government shuts down at midnight Wednesday when the 2015 fiscal year... Read more
Washington Report (September 22, 2015) The fiscal year ends at midnight Sept. 30, a mere eight days away, but Congress is far from approving a budget for fiscal 2016. While some Republicans want to shut down the government over the issue of funding Planned Parenthood, most Capitol Hill watchers... Read more