The 2005 Defense Authorization bill requires the Pentagon to standardize policies, review the military justice system and expand the task force examining the service academies.
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In letters to court, high-ranking federal officials praised Darleen Druyun for innovative management under deals she now admits favored Boeing.
Powerful committee chairman defeat attempts to transfer some of their oversight and appropriations duties to retooled panel.
Accuses leakers of "undermining what this country is supposed to be about."
Debate on a variety of unrelated issues, from hurricane relief to highway spending, holds up passage of appropriations measure.
Defense authorization bill also includes 3.5 percent pay raise for military service personnel.
Sens. Collins, Lieberman, beat back efforts to weaken role of national intelligence director.
Senate panel was interested in Gen. Gregory Martin's e-mails related to controversial Air Force tanker lease deal.