Tag Archives: Defense Department

“Buy American” Executive Order Could Impact U.S. Foreign Military Sales;

Legislative Activity This Week’s Hearings: On Wednesday, May 17, the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Strategic Forces has scheduled a hearing titled “Military Space Organization, Policy, and Programs.” On Wednesday, May 17, the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Airland has scheduled a hearing titled “United States Military Small Arms Requirements.” On Thursday, May 18, the … Continue Reading

“Buy American” Provisions Could Impact Pentagon; Federal Judge Bars Government From Withholding Funds to Sanctuary Jurisdictions; Local Officials Meet With Attorney General, Senior ICE Official To Discuss Sanctuary Policies

Legislative Activity “Buy American” Provisions Could Impact Pentagon Former Defense officials are concerned that tightening “Buy American” provisions might affect the Pentagon’s ability to procure the best technology, following President Donald Trump’s April 18 Executive Order (EO) calling for an expansive review of existing federal procurement programs to increase government procurement of U.S.-made products. During a … Continue Reading

Lawmaker Predicts Bigger Pentagon Budget, Chance of BRAC Round; Lawmakers Warn Full Year CR Would Disrupt Military Training; Trump Administration Releases Report on Compliance with Detention Requests

Legislative Activity Lawmaker Predicts Bigger Pentagon Budget, Chance of BRAC Round Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA), Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Committee (HASC), believes that Congress will ultimately agree to fund the Department of Defense above the $603 billion requested by President Donald Trump for FY 2018, but not as high as some Republican … Continue Reading

President Obama Addresses the Chief of Missions Conference; Iran’s Ballistic Missile Tests Continue to be Scrutinized; Ambassador Froman Heads to Brussels

President Barack Obama hosted Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the White House last week for an official Head of State Visit, marking the close bilateral relationship between the two countries.  President Obama will visit the State Department today to deliver remarks at the Chief of Missions Conference.  Meanwhile, U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman heads … Continue Reading

Senate Finance Committee to Examine Past Free Trade Agreements; Ceasefire Takes Effect in Syria

President Barack Obama signed the customs bill and Judicial Redress Act into law last Wednesday.  In addressing U.S. state governors last week, the President expressed optimism that Congress may act this year on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) deal.  Congress will be in session this week, with a number of defense-related hearings scheduled, as well as a … Continue Reading

Ashton Carter’s Nomination Hearing Set; Senate Armed Services Committee to Examine National Security Challenges

FY 2016 Budget Request President Obama said he intends to release his FY 2016 Budget Request on February 2nd. While not yet confirmed by the Senate to be the next Secretary of Defense, former Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter is expected to present the FY 2016 Defense budget.  Meanwhile, last week, the Senate Armed Services … Continue Reading
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