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Senate Armed Services Panel OKs $700B Defense Budget for Fiscal 2018

The Senate Armed Services Committee on Wednesday cleared through a unanimous vote a bill that would allocate $640 billion in defense base budget and $60 billion in overseas contingency operations funds for fiscal 2018, The Hill reported Wednesday. Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona), chairman of the Senate committee, said the 2018 National …

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Senate Approves VA Choice Program Extension Bill

The Senate has unanimously approved a bill that would permit the Department of Veterans Affairs to use funds appropriated for the Veterans Choice Program after the initiative expires on Aug. 7. Sen. John McCain’s (R-Arizona) office said Monday the Veterans Choice Program Improvement Act would allow VA to fully consume $950 million …

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John McCain Discusses Potential Military Base Consolidation and Closure to Support DoD Waste Reduction Efforts

Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain has considered the possibility of military base closures and consolidation to support the reduction of wasted Defense Department funds, The Hill newspaper reported Tuesday. Kristina Wong writes McCain and Ranking Member Jack Reed (D-Rhode Island) have discussed the issue of base closure and realignment which will potentially consolidate …

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Sen. John McCain Offers $7.5B Funding Proposal to Support US Forces, Allies in APAC Region

Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain (R-Arizona) has proposed $7.5 billion in U.S. military funds to boost munition inventory and construct infrastructure in the Asia-Pacific region through 2022, Reuters reported Monday. David Brunnstrom writes McCain included the military funding proposal in his “Restoring American Power” white paper that seeks budget to increase the …

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Frank Kendall Urges Next Administration to Prioritize Defense R&D, Modernization Investments

Frank Kendall, the Defense Department‘s top acquisition official, has said funding defense technology research, development and modernization programs should be a priority for the next administration, DoD News reported Wednesday. Karen Parrish writes Kendall made the statement Wednesday during a Center for Strategic and International Studies-hosted forum where he discussed his new …

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Senate Armed Services Committee Unveils New Subcommittee Leaders, Ranking Members

The Senate Armed Services Committee has selected chairpersons and ranking members who will lead the panel’s subcommittees in the 115th Congress. SASC said Wednesday Sens. John McCain (R-Arizona) and Jack Reed (D-Rhode Island), respective chairman and ranking member of the committee, will serve as ex-officio members of all armed services subcommittees. Names of senators and the subcommittees they will …

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