Emergency request from Defense Department prompts questions from vice chairman of congressional committee.
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Legislation will usher in a slew of personnel and management reforms.
Citing preparedness gaps, congressional officials plan to introduce Project Bioshield II legislation in February.
The intelligence reform bill allows the State Department to increase its workforce by 150 consular officers annually for the next four years.
Memo from deputy secretary cites "heightened risk" to U.S. military forces.
"This is a very, very expensive proposition," says Army's director of force development.
The Trust for America’s Health criticizes a lack of federal leadership and planning on bioterror issues.
Ike Skelton, D-Mo., asks Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld to consider using existing M-113 armored personnel carriers in Iraq while troops await armored Humvees.
Gen. John Jumper says lack of action is "disruptive to lives and to change of commands" at a time when "the nation is at war and the troops look to their leaders."