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Rep. Norm Dicks

House Dems Say Sequester $10 Billion Worse Than OMB Estimate

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


[updated 3:45 pm with Todd Harrison’s analysis] CAPITOL HILL: Last month’s congressionally mandated OMB report on the impact of sequestration omitted an obscure provision that would slice another $10.1 billion from Defense Department programs in 2013. Because of that the Pentagon would have to cut $60.6 billion instead of $50.5 billion, a 20 percent increase.… Keep reading →

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HASC Orders DoD To Fly Block 30 Global Hawks; Sticks $260M In Bill

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


WASHINGTON: The House Armed Services Committee is giving the US Air Force both marching orders and money to operate its eighteen “Block 30” Global Hawk UAVs instead of warehousing them as the service proposed. The Administration’s fiscal 2013 budget request cancelled the Block 30 program and provided no funds to operate the 18 drones already… Keep reading →

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Missile Subs Delay Is Good News, Bad News Story For Shipbuilders

Posted by David Axe on


The Navy’s proposal to delay construction of new ballistic-missile submarines (SSBNs) meant to succeed the current Ohio class is both good and bad news for America’s shipbuilders, according to the program manager for the new “boomer” sub. But key members of Congress -– already at odds with the Administration over delays to the Virginia-class submarine… Keep reading →

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Global Hawks Sitting In A Hangar ‘Not Acceptable’ To Norm Dicks; Hints At Legislation

Posted by Colin Clark on


CAPITOL HILL: The congressional fight over the fate of Northrop Grumman’s 18 Global Hawk Block 30s is on, led so far by Rep. Norm Dicks on the House Appropriations defense subcommittee. “The idea we would spend all this money to buy them and then put them in a hangar is just unacceptable,” said Dicks, ranking… Keep reading →

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Rep. Norm Dicks, Boeing Stalwart, Leaving Congress; He ‘Will Always Be My Chairman’

Posted by Colin Clark on


WASHINGTON: Norm Dicks, one of the toughest and most engaging players in Congress, announced today that he will not run for Congress again after 36 years serving his country. Dicks became best known in recent years for his hard-edged and sometimes unquestioning support for Boeing on the House Appropriations defense subcommittee. His advocacy of the… Keep reading →

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