Key senator also says government should establish identification standards for all communications officials.
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Training cycle has been compressed and exercises have grown more realistic, riskier.
Measure would require Pentagon to seek congressional consent before adjusting healthcare fees.
Broadest proposal would replace committee that approved controversial ports deal with body led by DHS.
Legislation would provide about $800 million annually for maritime security and set new requirements for DHS.
Extra money would go toward upgrades for Army’s armored vehicle fleet.
Ernie Fitzgerald says he has little to show for the decades he spent trying to expose wasteful spending on defense contracts.
More than 10,000 Customs and Border Patrol agents would be added, and fences along the border would be upgraded.
Blueprint would boost discretionary spending about 3.6 percent over this year, with the bulk of the increase going toward defense.
National Guard and Reserve troops filled the gap in Iraq while the regular Army underwent a radical overhaul.