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Senator changes position on reducing Navy's aircraft carrier fleet

Quadrennial Defense Review influences key senator’s newfound support for plans to cut aircraft carriers in favor of expanding overall fleet.

TSA told not to count on increased passenger fees

Chair of appropriations subcommittee accuses agency’s director of submitting an unrealistic budget plan.

McCain to probe Air Force contracting for cargo planes

Officials say Air Force will enter a more transparent agreement with aircraft maker Lockheed Martin by the end of the year.

Overhaul of emergency management system urged

Democrats call for removal of FEMA from Homeland Security, but DHS secretary resists calls for restructuring.

Rumsfeld defends budget decisions on weapons systems

Defense secretary also stands by his decision to stop production of C-17 Globemaster III cargo planes in 2008.

Report: DHS slow to enact border security recommendations

Implementation of security plans and privacy impact assessments are among neglected suggestions, GAO says.

Senators grill Homeland Security chief over Katrina response

Chertoff admits preparations before the storm were inadequate and says he got conflicting information about damage from the hurricane.

First responders detail emergency communications problems

Key issues include lack of equipment standards, inadequate funding and turf wars among federal, state and local officials.

Committee grills Army leaders on cuts

Plan to cut number of planned combat brigades by nearly 10 percent while continuing heavy deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan met with skepticism came from both sides of the aisle.

Air Force drafts new plane contract to meet Hill demands

Agreement changes existing cargo plane contract to make it more transparent, requiring the military to report cost and price information.