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  1. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, in public comments and a letter to Iraq's new prime minister that surfaced over the weekend, continues saying the chamber will approve Obama's request to grant the president authority to train and equip Syrian rebels in Saudi Arabia to fight the violent Sunni group inside Syria. Jim Watson / AFP

    US House Comes Back Early, Could Take Up CR as Early as Tuesday

    The US House could vote on a government shutdown-averting spending bill and new authorities to take on the Islamic State as soon as Tuesday.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  2. A pair of Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft fly over Kansas. Congressional protection of the close-air support plane has complicated Air Force budgeting. Senior Airman Sierra Dopfel / US Air Force

    Sources: Expect Next Year's USAF Budget To Continue Push for Cuts

    When the US Air Force rolled out its budget request in March, it was billed as a realistic look at the post-sequestration world, one filled with necessary tough choices but still maintaining current capabilities.

    • Sep. 14, 2014
  3. US House Appropriations Committee Chairman Rep. Hal Rogers, right, supported a request by President Obama to include in a continuing resolution funds for the training of Syrian rebels by Saudi Arabia. Alex Wong/ / Getty Images

    House Delays CR Vote, Bill Still Expected To Pass Next Week

    US House GOP leaders are delaying a vote on a bill to avoid a government shutdown to let members mull a White House-requested provision to combat the Islamic State, but the delay is unlikely to sink the bill.

    • Sep. 11, 2014
  4. House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers, R-Ky., says his panel has produced a bill for a 'clean' continuing resolution that is 'free of controversial riders, maintains current levels, and does not seek to change existing federal policies.' It is expected to come before the House for debate and a vote on Thursday. halrogers.house.gov

    House continuing resolution should hit floor Sept. 11

    The House later this week is expected to take up a measure free of controversial riders to keep the U.S. government open while members hit the campaign trail for seven weeks.

    • Sep. 10, 2014
  5. Lockheed Martin's concept for a Small Surface Combatant. Lockheed Martin

    New Combat Ship Briefing Delayed

    One of the most eagerly-anticipated stories in naval circles this fall is what findings and recommendations a special US Navy task force has come up with for a new small surface combatant (SSC) warship.

    • Sep. 9, 2014
  6. US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel visits the mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of modern Turkey. Hagel announced in Turkey that Pentagon reform initiatives would not be derailed by other global challenges. STR / via AFP

    Hagel To Continue Push for Pentagon Reforms Amid Global Threats

    US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said he plans to forge ahead with bureaucratic Pentagon reform initiatives despite the uptick of global threats and military activities in recent months.

    • Sep. 8, 2014
  7. Speaker of the House Rep. John Boehner speaks during a press conference on Capitol Hill. The House soon could vote on a bill to fund the government past the end of the fical year and through the upcoming election. Jim Watson / AFP

    US House Could Vote This Week To Avert Government Shutdown

    The US House soon could vote on a spending measure that would keep the Pentagon and other federal agencies funded while lawmakers hit the campaign trail.

    • Sep. 8, 2014
  8. More Spending: World leaders attend the morning session of the NATO Summit on Sept. 5 in Newport, Wales. European leaders committed to raising defense spending to 2 percent of their gross domestic product. Peter Macdiarmid/ / Getty Images

    NATO Allies Commit to Defense Boost

    NATO leaders are praising a commitment from heads of state to spend 2 percent of their gross domestic product (GDP) on defense, a guideline long ignored by many alliance members.

    • Sep. 6, 2014
  9. Aftermath: Palestinian men walk on the rubble of their destroyed houses in the Tufah neighborhood in eastern Gaza City following a 50-day war between Israel and Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip. MAHMUD HAMS/ / AFP

    Israel To Trim 2014 Budget To Cover War Cost, Boost MoD

    The Israeli government is planning an immediate 2 percent retroactive cut to its 2014 budget to help cover the estimated US $2.5 billion cost of a summer of war.

    • Sep. 6, 2014
  10. Sen. Mitch McConnell says he expects a continuing resolution to be passed by Congress by Sept. 30. BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/ / AFP

    'Not Much Drama': McConnell Predicts Passage of Bill To Avert Govt. Shutdown

    The US Senate's embattled top Republican is predicting Congress will pass a funding measure that the president would not veto.

    • Sep. 3, 2014
  11. The US Army Network Integration Evaluation 14.2, which ended May 22, included a British mechanized brigade headquarters. Nancy JonesBonbrest, PEO C3T

    Pentagon R&D Chief To Push Cost Sharing With Allies

    The Pentagon is pushing its strategy to develop new technologies and capabilities alongside allies to drive down costs and foster innovation, the assistant secretary of defense for research and engineering said on Wednesday.

    • Sep. 3, 2014
  12. When we talk about spending, quality as well as quantity counts. ... So we are urging all allies to spend 20 percent of their defense budgets on new equipment, research and development of capabilities,' UK Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said in a speech delivered in London on Sept. 3. Carl Court / AFP

    UK Calls on European NATO States To Boost Spending

    Britain is urging its NATO allies to earmark a fifth of their national defense budgets for new equipment and research and development, according to UK Defence Secretary Michael Fallon.

    • Sep. 3, 2014
  13. US President Barack Obama discusses foreign policy with members of Congress July 31. Mandel Ngan / Getty Images

    Could Global Threat Picture Restore US Defense Increases?

    President Barack Obama put the Islamic State terrorist group on the 'varsity' team of US foes. America's top general, Martin Dempsey, has spoken of the group's 'apocalyptic' visions.

    • Aug. 31, 2014
  14. A US Air Force KC-135 refuels a Navy F/A-18F Super Hornet aircraft assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron 213 over Iraq Aug. 21. US Defense Department

    US Ops in Iraq Have Cost $550 Million Since June

    Since June 16 when US President Barack Obama first sent several dozen US troops to Iraq to begin assessing the state of the country's Army, the United States has spent around $500 million on operations there.

    • Aug. 29, 2014
  15. More Muscle: A Japanese Atago-class guided missile destroyer sails in formation with US Navy and Japan Maritime Self Defense Force ships. Japan initially wants to add two of the destroyers. MC2 Adam Thomas/ / US Navy

    Japanese Defense Ministry Requests 2.4% Budget Hike

    Japan is making good on its pledge to beef up its defense force and come to the aid of neighbors if they're attacked, proposing a budget that returns spending to its peak in the 1990s.

    • Aug. 28, 2014
  16. US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey hold a press briefing at the Pentagon on Aug. 21. Saul Loeb / Getty Images

    Hagel: Iraq Crisis May Require DoD To Rethink 2015 Budget

    The Pentagon might have to retool its $555 billion 2015 budget proposal to account for the threats posed by and actions taken against the Islamic State, US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Thursday.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  17. Holding Pattern: US Army Gen. Charles Jacoby, commander of US Northern Command, said it's 'virtually impossible' to make strategic decisions due to budget uncertainty. MANDEL NGAN / AFP/Getty Images

    After months on back burner, sequester fears return

    For the past three years, US military officials have frequently voiced opposition to defense budget caps that went into effect in 2013.

    • Aug. 19, 2014
  18. Analysts question how much work Congress will be able to achieve in terms of spending bills for the rest of this year. Karen Bleier/ / AFP

    Analyst: Best Congress Will Do Is Two Government-Wide Spending Bills

    A prominent federal budget analyst is predicting the best Congress will do this year on spending bills is pass two massive government-wide measures.

    • Aug. 19, 2014
  19. An MQ-1 Predator armed with an AGM-114 Hellfire missile flies a training mission. The Pentagon is seeking additional funding for the program. US Air Force

    Defense Panels Hold Up $7M Funding Shift for Hellfire Missiles for Now

    Two US Senate committees are holding up $7 million in new monies for the missile that has been America's munition of choice against al-Qaida.

    • Aug. 14, 2014
  20. The SBIRS GEO-1 satellite. Lockheed Martin

    USAF General: DoD Must Change How it Buys Satellites

    The Pentagon needs to fundamentally change the way it buys satellites in an effort to lower costs as US defense spending contracts, a top Air Force general said.

    • Aug. 13, 2014
  21. The $5 billion counterterrorism fund that the White House requested in the Pentagon and State Departments' 2015 budget proposal would likely fund missions like the ones the US military has been conducting in Iraq over the past several months, an expert said. AFP

    DoD CT Fund Could Support Missions Like Current Iraq Campaign

    The $5 billion counterterrorism fund that the White House requested in the Pentagon and State Departments' 2015 budget proposal would likely fund missions like the ones the US military has been conducting in Iraq over the past several months, an expert sa

    • Aug. 8, 2014
  22. Pentagon acquisition chief Frank Kendall wants the Army to present him with its business case for retiring Bell TH-67 and OH-58 training helicopters and replacing them with Airbus Lakotas, like the one pictured here. Sgt. 1st Class Tyrone Walker/US Army

    Kendall Wants Business Case for US Army Helicopter Swap

    The Pentagon's top weapons buyer has asked the US Army to justify its proposal to retire two types of Bell-made training helicopters and replace them with 100 new Airbus UH-72 Lakota helicopters.

    • Aug. 6, 2014
  23. A United Launch Alliance Delta IV-Medium rocket launches in 2012 with the third Global Positioning System IIF satellite. Air Force

    Senate, House Panels Hold Up Proposed EELV Funds

    A Senate committee is holding up a plan to shift $100 million to an Air Force space-launch program, telling the service to devise a plan for a new liquid rocket engine.

    • Aug. 5, 2014
  24. Pentagon acquisition chief Frank Kendall would like to have a 'strategic reserve' to help prevent taking money from one program to ease shortfalls in another. Glenn Fawcett/US Defense Department

    Kendall Wants Acquisition Reserve Account, but Doesn't Plan to Get It

    The US Defense Department's top procurement official would like Congress to create a reserve spending account that the Pentagon could tap when a weapons program runs into costly development issues.

    • Aug. 5, 2014
  25. Sen. Carl Levin gestures during May hearings. Levin said Senate and House staff members will negotiate a compromise Pentagon policy bill in case the Senate fails to pass its own version. Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

    Issue Tracker: Senate NDAA

    The US Senate left town last week for a recess that will last into early September. It did so without scheduling floor time to take up an Armed Services Committee-passed version of the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

    • Aug. 4, 2014
  26. A picture taken from the southern Israeli border with the Gaza Strip shows the trail of a missile launched by Israel's Iron Dome defense system, designed to intercept and destroy incoming short-range rockets and artillery shells, as it intercepts and destroys a rocket launched from Gaza into Israel, on July 21. JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images

    House Leaders Searching for Way to Vote on Iron Dome Funding on Friday

    In what would be a dramatic reversal, the US House could vote Friday on a measure that would clear the way for Washington to send $225 million to Israel to replenish its Iron Dome missile interceptors.

    • Aug. 1, 2014
  27. Congress was unable to agree on funding additional Iron Dome interceptors for Israel before leaving on recess. Chip Somodevilla/ / Getty Images

    Congress To Take Five-Week Break Without Approving Iron Dome Funds

    The US Congress will leave town for five weeks without providing hundreds of millions of dollars requested by Israel to replenish its Iron Dome interceptor missiles.

    • Jul. 31, 2014
  28. A picture taken July 25 shows the trail of a missile launched by Israel's Iron Dome as it intercepts a rocket launched from Gaza. Jack Guez / AFP

    White House Cites Lack of Iron Dome Funding in Supplemental Veto Threat

    The White House said Wednesday that it 'strongly opposes' a Republican-crafted emergency spending bill, in part because it contains no funds for an Israeli missile defense system.

    • Jul. 30, 2014
  29. Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., prefers a separate vote on extra funding for the Iron Dome system for Israel. Larry French/ / Getty Images

    Republicans Trying To Force Democrats Into Stand-Alone Iron Dome Funding Bill

    Congressional Republicans want to force Democrats into voting on a stand-alone measure to send $225 million in emergency funds to Israel for its Iron Dome missile defense system.

    • Jul. 29, 2014
  30. A missile is launched by an Iron Dome battery in the southern Israeli city of Ashdod last week. House Republican leaders have opted against including additional funds for the Israeli missile defense system in the version of the border spending bill the lower chamber might vote on later this week, a senior House aide said. DAVID BUIMOVITCH/AFP

    US House Supplemental Won't Include Funds for Israel's Iron Dome

    The House this week could take up an emergency spending bill to address the US-Mexico border crisis, but it will not include funds for an Israeli missile defense program.

    • Jul. 29, 2014
  31. Sen. Carl Levin gestures during May hearings. Levin said Senate and House staff members will negotiate a compromise Pentagon policy bill in case the Senate fails to pass its own version. Chip Somodevilla/ / Getty Images

    Levin: Senate-House NDAA 'Fallback' Talks Will Continue During August Recess

    US House and Senate staffers will meet throughout August to hammer out a compromise Pentagon policy bill as a fallback plan should the latter chamber fail to pass its version.

    • Jul. 29, 2014
  32. Gen. Gilmary Michael Hostage US Air Force

    Gen. Hostage: Manned, Unmanned Mix Needed In Iraq

    ISR mission still requires pilots who can 'look out the window and see something coming,' ACC commander says.

    • Jul. 29, 2014
  33. A missile is launched by an Iron Dome battery, a missile defense system designed to intercept and destroy incoming short-range rockets and artillery shells, in the southern Israeli city of Ashdod on July 18. David Buimovitch/AFP/Getty Images

    Senior Dem: With Supplemental in Doubt, 'Another Approach' for Iron Dome May be Needed

    One senior House Democrat says including millions for an Israeli missile defense program in a broader spending bill could delay or even kill the funds.

    • Jul. 28, 2014
  34. In a statement supporting additional US funding for Israel's Iron Dome system, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell calls for Democrats to support 'a sensible, bipartisan solution that can be passed quickly'  signaling apparent opposition to Democrats' emergency spending bill plan. Brendan Smialowski / AFP

    McConnell Endorses Extra Iron Dome Funds, but Not Democratic-Written Supplemental

    The Senate's top Republican supports doubling US funds for Israel's Iron Dome missile defense program, but just how the extra $225 million passes the chamber remains unclear.

    • Jul. 25, 2014
  35. Although the Navy has not asked for the ship, Congress is working to fund a 12th San Antonio-class amphibious ship. Here, the John P. Murtha, 10th ship in the class, is under construction at Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, Miss. Christopher P. Cavas/Staff

    Money For New US Navy Amphib Falls Far Short

    Powerful forces in Congress are working to buy the US Navy an extra amphibious ship, and lawmakers in both the House and Senate have added between $650 million and $800 million to the proposed 2015 shipbuilding budget to begin construction.

    • Jul. 25, 2014
  36. A missile is launched by an Iron Dome battery in the southern Israeli city of Ashdod. The Pentagon is seeking additional funding to speed production of components for the anti-missile system. David Buimovitch / AFP

    Pentagon Supports Emergency $225M for Israel's Iron Dome

    US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel sent a letter to congressional leadership on Tuesday requesting $225 million in additional US funding to accelerate production of Iron Dome missile-defense components to ensure Israel will have adequate stockpiles to prote

    • Jul. 23, 2014
  37. US Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work, middle, testifies before the House Budget Committee July 17 about the Pentagon's overseas contingency operations budget request. MCS2 Sean Hurt / US DoD

    Despite Opposition, US War Funding Likely To Pass

    Republicans and Democrats showed a rare display of bipartisanship last week when members of both parties criticized the Pentagon's $58.6 billion war budget request, but experts say Congress will likely approve the measure.

    • Jul. 20, 2014
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