Bryant Harris is the Congress reporter for Defense News. He has covered the intersection of U.S. foreign policy and national security in Washington since 2014. He previously wrote for Foreign Policy, Al-Monitor, Al Jazeera English and IPS News.
House lawmakers on Wednesday offered new and conflicting plans for defense spending next year, setting up intense congressional debate in coming months over what the right level of military funding for fiscal 2023 should be.
A provision in the House’s annual defense authorization bill, released on Monday, would require the Defense Department to establish a critical munitions reserve while identifying a pilot program to keep better tabs on the subcontractors involved in their production.
Congress seeks to more than double the net worth of the national strategic mineral stockpile in order to lessen the defense industrial base’s reliance on adversaries such as China in supply chains needed to build everything from bullets to nuclear weapons to night vision goggles.
The House advanced legislation on Thursday that would require the Defense Department to set up a pilot program that would transition entire nontactical vehicle fleets at certain installations to electric vehicles.
The mineral antimony is critical to the defense-industrial supply chain and is needed to produce everything from armor-piercing bullets and explosives to nuclear weapons as well as sundry other military equipment, such as night vision goggles.
The head of US Strategic Command, which oversees the nuclear arsenal, reiterated to Congress that he still supports the sea-launched cruise missile nuclear development program (SLCM-N) despite the Joe Biden administration’s proposal to cancel the project.
A key senator on the Armed Services Committee is introducing legislation to strengthen emissions reduction targets at the world’s largest institutional consumer of fossil fuels: the Defense Department.