DEFENSE - ALL ARTICLES
The Bush administration has a great deal of discretion in spending war funds, and "homeland security" remains ill-defined.
The F/A-22 could face $300 million in cuts to help pay for an increase in troop strength.
Measure includes a series of proposals to restructure intelligence agencies and operations.
Arguing that the Bush administration's Project Bioshield doesn't go far enough, they seek to speed development of drugs that counter biological agents.
The Homeland Security Department will put inspection teams at foreign airports to identify possible terrorists and immigration violators before they board planes coming to the United States.
Members of the House Armed Services Committee estimate that increasing the size of the military will cost $4 billion per year, but would relieve overextended Guard and Reserve soldiers.
Subcommittee also votes to implement a health care program for Guard and Reserve troops.
Agency postpones absorbing Defense unit, a move that may have speeded up the security clearance process at the Pentagon.
The Bush administration should have asked for funds for operations in Iraq and Afghanistan in its $401.7 billion fiscal 2004 budget request, lawmaker contends.