Tag Archives: John McCain

Mac Thornberry: 2016 NDAA Would Be Step Toward Defense Acquisition Reform

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) has said the 2016 defense policy bill is a significant first step in their efforts to revamp the Pentagon’s acquisition system, Defense News reported Monday. Joe Gould writes some observers like Thornberry see the current procurement process at the Defense Department as unfavorable to U.S. military …

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McCain, Thornberry Call for Review of DoD Reorganization Law

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) and Senate counterpart Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) plan to hold congressional hearings to re-examine a 1986 law that established the U.S. military’s current command structure, Defense News reported Tuesday. Joe Gould writes that Thornberry and McCain called for a review of the Goldwater-Nichols Act as Congress seeks to …

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James Clapper, John McCain Express Doubt on US-China Cyber Cooperation

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper has indicated his skepticism on the effectiveness of the U.S.-China cyber cooperation agreement announced last week, Reuters reported Tuesday. Andrea Shalal writes that while Clapper acknowledged the agreement to halt economic cyber espionage as a start to further cybersecurity, he urged the administration to verify …

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Congressional Negotiators Reach Compromise on $612B Defense Policy Bill

Conference committees in the House and Senate have settled their differences in the 2016 National Defense Authorization Act following several months of negotiation, The Hill newspaper reported Tuesday. Rebecca Kheel writes the NDAA allocates a $612 billion budget for Defense Department operations and programs over the next fiscal year, including …

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John McCain: Proposed DoD Rule to ‘Undermine’ Silicon Valley Collaboration Efforts

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) believes that a new proposed rule for the acquisition of commercial products at the Defense Department “undermines” efforts to drive collaboration with Silicon Valley, Breaking Defense reported Tuesday. Colin Clark writes that McCain told Defense Secretary Ashton Carter in a letter that the rule would retain the acquisition status quo at …

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DoD Plans Comparison Tests for F-35 & A-10 on Close-Air Support Capability

The Defense Department plans to test Lockheed Martin‘s F-35 fighter jet in a close-air support role alongside the A-10 Warthog to determine the jet’s capabilities compared to legacy aircraft, Defense News reported Sunday. Lara Seligman writes that the DoD Office of Operational Test and Evaluation will perform the comparison tests in 2018 as part of …

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DoD Officials Remain Concerned Over Section 843 of Defense Authorization Bill

Some former and current Defense Department officials are calling for an alternative acquisition reform proposal to the policy bill promoted by Senate Armed Services Committee Chair Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), National Defense Magazine reported Saturday. Sandra Erwin writes that officials at the Center for Strategic and International Studies panel Friday have expressed …

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