Defense spending

Intra-government cyber commission launches

The Cyberspace Solarium Commission, a working group intended to provide guidance on cyber issues composed of lawmakers, agency heads and former Feds, officially launched Wednesday.

Driving the news: The Solarium Commission, first proposed by commission member Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.), was approved in last year's Defense Authorization bill.

Billions from military projects could fund Trump's border wall

President Trump visiting Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point in North Carolina last year. The base faces more than $100 million in aircraft maintenance cuts. Photo: Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images

After weeks of delay, the Defense Department on Monday provided Congress with a list of military construction projects that could see their funding diverted — about $12.9 billion in total — to pay for a border wall under Trump's declared national emergency.

Why it matters: The 400 construction projects affected are spread across 40 states and nearly 30 countries with a U.S. presence around the world, and they're often vitally important for local economies. That — along with the power of local news sources in their communities — could force lawmakers to rethink their position on how to move forward with overriding Trump's national security veto.