Key issues include lack of equipment standards, inadequate funding and turf wars among federal, state and local officials.
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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.
Agreement changes existing cargo plane contract to make it more transparent, requiring the military to report cost and price information.
Lawmakers call for new legislation to protect employees and contractors not covered under a 1989 act.
Under $21.9 million agreement, company will deliver 450,000 doses of drugs to combat exposure to radiological materials.
Measures will include hiring as many as 1,500 full-time employees to help in disaster relief.
Agency is no better prepared today for a large-scale disaster than it was last summer, DHS inspector general says.
Plan to raise enrollment fees and deductibles on a sliding scale based on rank at retirement would save $11 billion over the next five years.
Faster damage assessments, unified command and control structure to coordinate multiple agencies’ efforts, are needed, Defense officials say.
Observers call exercise an important step, say it was more extensive than past incident-response drills.