Main Story – Senate Returns from Spring Break with a Light Week
By Matt Vallone, Senior Analysis Manager
The House is still out of session but the Senate is back to resume work with a fairly light floor schedule. First the Senate will take up legislation regarding intellectual property and the protection of trade secrets. It was voted out of the Judiciary Committee earlier this year by voice vote and should go through easily. After that, consideration will begin on an FAA reauthorization. The Senate version lacks the more controversial elements of the House version and is likely to move quickly on the floor. Defense and budget watchers will be following a scheduled meeting of the appropriations committee, where the timeline for bills will be discussed. They plan on beginning markups on April 14th so watch for news on when defense may be considered.
Congressional Defense Activity
- 4/5 United States Cyber Command, Full Committee Hearing, 9:30am, Hart 216
- 4/5 State of Public Shipyards, Subcommittee on Readiness & Management Support, 2:30pm, Russell 222
- 4/5 Army Modernization, Subcommittee on Airland, 2:30pm, Russell 232A
- 4/6 Navy Shipbuilding Programs, Subcommittee on Seapower, 2pm, Russell 222
- 4/7 Posture of the Department of the Army, Full Committee Hearing, 9:30am, Dirksen G50
HASC–House is out of session
HAC-D–House is out of session
Government Activity Round-up
GAO releases ‘Assessment of Selected Weapon Programs’. GAO assesses the status of major defense acquisitions. If nothing else the summary is worth reading as, overall, the total cost of programs decreased but the total projected timeline for completion increased. Plenty of interesting details available in the full, 209-page report here.
Over at the CBO, they have collaborated with the Joint Committee on Taxation to produce an estimate of the President’s budget. Overall conclusions aren’t particularly different in that deficits decline the next couple of years and then resume rising, though at a slower pace than in current law. Full report is here.
On Monday, CSIS is hosting Secretary of Defense Ash Carter for an event titled “Breaking New Ground: Preparing DoD for the Future with Secretary Ash Carter”. Livestream available here. On Tuesday, IISS will look at the cyber realm with “The Evolution of the Cyber Domain: The Implications for National and Global Security”. On Wednesday the Atlantic Council will be hosting a conversation with NATO Secretary General H.E. Jens Stoltenberg. Lastly, on Friday the Institute for Policy Studies will host an event looking at world military spending.