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Base-closing commission gets underway with briefing on threats

Panel did not get into specifics about which bases might be closed or consolidated.

Conferees wrap up supplemental spending bill

Final passage all but assured by next week.

Pentagon review could conflict with base closing panel

Commissioners express concern that recommendations of from Quadrennial Defense Review, to be released early next year, could render base-closing decisions obsolete.

War supplemental boosts funding for homeland security agencies

Almost $1 billion in emergency funds would go toward hiring new border guards and criminal investigators, beefing up FBI operations and boosting the Coast Guard's fleet.

Lawmakers may seek to stall base closure process

Tactics could include using the fiscal 2006 defense authorization bill to repeal the section of law authorizing the current round of closures.

TSA criticized as private companies wait for airport screening contracts

GAO says screeners not getting required amount of training.

Base closure panel begins four-month deliberations

Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld is expected to announce his recommendations next week.

Pentagon’s base closure list will be hard to challenge

Legal changes make it harder for independent commission to add bases to the hit list.

Pentagon renews opposition to chief management officer

Defense officials say new proposed new position will only add another layer of bureaucracy.