National Defense

House okays cybersecurity bills, tees up more

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The House on Monday easily passed a pair of cybersecurity measures, including a bill that would require the Homeland Security Department to review its incident response plans and submit a report outline the specific roles of federal agencies. Lawmakers approved the DHS Roles and Responsibilities in Cyber Space Act, 313-105. The measure, introduced by Rep. Don Bacon (R-Neb.), came in the wake of la...

Truck exhaust, IT woes and piles of rubble: Offutt faces uphill battle to rebuild

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OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Nebraska — The floodwaters that swallowed around one-third of this base in suburban Omaha are long gone. But three years later, Offutt’s airmen are still fighting to stay afloat. Most employees have not returned to their former workspaces, some of which were freshly renovated before the flood hit in March 2019. It will be several more years before they can move back into off...

BACON’S DHS CYBER SECURITY BILL PASSES HOUSE

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WASHINGTON D.C. – Rep. Don Bacon (NE-02) today announced that his bill, H.R. 5658, the DHS Roles and Responsibilities in Cyber Space Act, passed the House after favorable consideration by the Homeland Security Committee. This bill is aimed at helping protect private industry from cyber-attacks from other nations such as Russia and China. The bill passed with a vote of 313 to 105. With the passage ...

SHARE ARTICLE New Bill Aims to Highlight Pass-Through Funding’s Impact on the Air Force

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When the Pentagon released its 2023 budget request on March 28, a graphic was shown to reporters breaking down the $773 billion in spending by department—and the Air Force led the way, with $243.1 billion in its accounts. But when Air Force officials spoke to journalists later that afternoon, their budget documents showed just $194 billion, with an extra $40.1 billion marked as “non-blue.” For Rep...

Bacon sponsors bill to improve transparency of DOD budget allocations

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U.S. Rep. Don Bacon (R-NE) on April 26 sponsored a bipartisan bill that would require an independent study and report on the effect of pass-through budgeting on organizations and elements of the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD). The Defense Budget Transparency Act of 2022, H.R. 7574, which is cosponsored by U.S. Rep. Kaialiʻi Kahele (D-HI), aims to improve public understanding of how tax dollars a...

BACON, KAHELE INTRODUCE DEFENSE BUDGET TRANSPARENCY ACT

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Washington, D.C.—Reps. Don Bacon (NE-R-02) and Kaialiʻi Kahele (HI-D-02) have joined together to introduce H.R. 7574, the Defense Budget Transparency Act of 2022, to improve public understanding of how tax dollars are being allocated in the U.S. defense budget. The bill directs the Secretary of Defense to prepare a report on the extent and impacts of “pass through” budgeting and requires future de...

The US military needs a modernized GPS capability to maintain superiority

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In December 1993, the U.S. declared that the satellites comprising the Global Positioning System constellation had achieved initial operational capability, representing the culmination of a 20-year effort to develop and launch the first global navigation satellite system. GPS, which began as a U.S. government project to provide positioning, navigation and timing information by broadcasting radio s...

Do we need 'baby nukes' launched from subs? StratCom chief says yes

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The chief of Offutt’s U.S. Strategic Command is happy with the record $813.4 billion Defense Department budget the Biden administration pitched to Congress a few weeks ago. Except for the matter of a few “baby nukes.” Adm. Charles Richard raised eyebrows earlier this month when he wrote a letter to top members of the House Armed Services Committee, calling out the Biden team for dropping a propose...