House subpanel requests funds for cyber warfare, armed drones

To Inform is to Influence

“Language in the bill supports counter-propaganda efforts, especially through the NATO alliance, aides said.”

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June 20, 2017(Photo Credit: J.M. Eddins Jr./U.S. Air Force)
WASHINGTON — A House subcommittee is advancing language to support the Trump administration’s $12.3 billion funding request for America’s most elite military forces.
The Armed Services Emerging Threats and Capabilities Subcommittee on Tuesday offered its part of the full HASC’s 2018 National Defense Authorization Act, or NDAA, and HASC aides detailed it to reporters in advance of its release.
In its section of the draft bill, the subpanel endorsed authorizing $12.3 billion for U.S. Special Operations Command, including wartime funding. The subcommittee controls about $68 billion, aides told reporters.
The amount includes funds to buy General Atomics MQ-1 Predator and MQ-9 Reaper drone aircraft as well as smaller tactical remotely-piloted systems. “It really is across the board,” a committee aide said.

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