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Military to field experimental helicopter defenses

August 19, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In its effort to respond quickly to requests from combatant commanders in Iraq or Afghanistan, the Pentagon is about to deploy an experimental system intended to help helicopters evade deadly small-arms fire, the military's top science and technology official said on Thursday. The helicopter alert threat system is a spin-off ...

Military plans to test new helicopter alert threat system

August 19, 2010 In its effort to respond quickly to requests from the combatant commanders in Iraq or Afghanistan, the Pentagon is about to deploy an experimental system intended to help helicopters evade deadly small-arms fire, the military's top science and technology official said Thursday. The helicopter alert threat system is a spin-off ...

Senate panel approves $35B Energy-Water spending bill

July 21, 2010 The Senate Energy and Water Appropriations Subcommittee approved a $34.97 billion fiscal 2011 spending bill without opposition Tuesday, deferring amendments, as usual, to the full committee, which is expected to consider the measure Thursday. The Senate proposal is more than $200 million above the $34.7 billion approved last week by ...

House panel OKs $191.7B military construction bill

July 14, 2010 Working with its usual bipartisan cooperation, the House Military Construction-Veterans Affairs Appropriations Subcommittee approved a $191.7 billion fiscal 2011 spending bill Wednesday that includes $63.8 billion in mandatory funding for veterans' benefits, $50.6 billion in advanced fiscal 2012 funding for key VA health care programs and $1.3 billion in "emergency" ...

Rolls-Royce defends its F-35 engine

July 7, 2010 Faced with a veto threat from Defense Secretary Robert Gates, Rolls-Royce officials Wednesday claimed that producing their alternate engine for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter would save taxpayers billions of dollars and the promise of better performance in the future. "It is important to the warfighter, the industrial base and ...

Panel agrees to withhold $3.9B in aid to Afghanistan

July 1, 2010 Responding to allegations that billions of dollars in U.S. financial assistance to Afghanistan is being lost to corruption, the House State-Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee withheld the $3.9 billion in aid requested for the war-torn country, while approving a $52.8 billion fiscal 2011 spending bill on Wednesday. The bill, approved by ...

Panel OKs Commerce, Justice and Science bill, takes no stand on moon missions

June 30, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The House Commerce, Justice and Science Appropriations Subcommittee unanimously approved a $60.5 billion fiscal 2011 funding bill Tuesday that remains silent on President Obama's controversial decision to kill the program to send U.S. astronauts to the moon and then Mars. The subcommittee's legislation would provide the $19 billion that Obama ...

Panel OKs Commerce, Justice and Science bill, takes no stand on moon missions

June 30, 2010 The House Commerce, Justice and Science Appropriations Subcommittee unanimously approved a $60.5 billion fiscal 2011 funding bill Tuesday that remains silent on President Obama's controversial decision to kill the program to send U.S. astronauts to the moon and then Mars. The subcommittee's legislation would provide the $19 billion that Obama ...

Navy working to meet cost-cutting goals, admiral says

June 23, 2010 The recent order by Defense Secretary Robert Gates that the military services find $2 billion in savings in their fiscal 2012 budgets is "an appropriate challenge" that is causing the Navy "to look very hard at how we do things," the Navy's top officer said Tuesday. "This is a real ...

McHugh: Cuts will help Army priorities

June 10, 2010 Army Secretary John McHugh Thursday said the Army is "excited" about Defense Secretary Robert Gates' order for the services to find $2 billion in savings in their fiscal 2012 budget request. While McHugh said "we have not been ordered to cut anything," he said Gates' plan requires the Army to ...