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Appropriators skeptical of promised secure border initiative

House subcommittee chairman demands strategic plan; program manager says one is on the way by the end of April.

House lawmaker aims to boost money for grants

Member says he will fight Bush’s decision to eliminate funding for grants to help emergency response groups pay for personnel.

Key legislator decries Pentagon budget crunch

House member suggests another base-closure round as one way of remedying the problem.

Pentagon business systems acquisition overhaul due shortly

Revamp, designed to encourage speedier purchases of such systems, will be announced within the next month.

Navy works to stall submarine deal with Taiwan

Agency supports deal publicly, but said to have set up barriers to make the submarines economically unattractive to Taiwan.

Coast Guard may scrap plans for customized patrol boats

The acquisition of new boats is a key piece of a $24 billion modernization project known as Deepwater.

Lawmaker wary of progress in Defense IT transformation

Technology is essential to the United States retaining an edge on the battlefield, witnesses at House hearing say.

Bush picks acting FEMA chief to take job permanently

R. David Paulison has been interim head of the agency since Michael Brown resigned after severe criticism of the Hurricane Katrina response.

Navy secretary says shipbuilders need long-term focus

Agency plans to build its fleet by more than 30 ships over the next three decades.

Investigators call cargo security program unreliable

Customs and Border Protection bureau lacks evidence that program targeting high-risk containers is effective, GAO says.