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Defense budget proposal boosts benefits

Bush administration’s $419 billion request, almost 5 percent more than last year, also curtails spending on some weapons systems.

Defense funding cuts may be just the beginning

Next year's request will be the one that translates sweeping changes outlined in the Pentagon's forthcoming quadrennial defense review into money.

Homeland Security budget consolidates programs, creates more offices

Critics say proposed budget severely underfunds critical homeland security efforts, such as border security and local grants.

Army budget request might seek little for force protection

Congressional sources say the Pentagon will seek a relatively small $100 million increase despite criticism the Army hasn't supplied critical equipment to soldiers in Iraq.

DHS experience is cautionary tale for new intelligence director

Whoever takes over as the new chief of the intelligence apparatus could learn from the early, faltering steps of the Homeland Security Department.

Deputy Defense secretary warns of 'substantial' supplemental request

Paul Wolfowitz says amount of additional fiscal 2006 funding needed "would be a wild guess at this point."

Outgoing Homeland Security official cites need for better planning

DHS has done a good job of hashing out short-term policy matters, but long-term planning has lagged, says Assistant Secretary C. Stewart Verdery Jr.

War supplemental might target military life insurance sales

Move follows allegations that the Army failed to process hundreds of supplemental life insurance policies for activated Army personnel deployed to dangerous destinations abroad.