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Lawmakers call for suspension of new passenger screening system

House lawmakers said Friday that a controversial new airline passenger screening system should be “suspended indefinitely,” after government auditors declared the system flawed and behind schedule.

Senators seek to make increase in Army troops permanent

The Army's plan to temporarily increase its force levels by 30,000 soldiers could become permanent if a handful of senators can garner support for new draft legislation likely to be included in the fiscal 2005 defense authorization bill, according to Senate aides.

Defense contractors owe billions in unpaid federal taxes

U.S. defense contractors failed to pay the federal government billions in taxes and, in some cases, may be guilty of criminal offenses, General Accounting Office auditors said Thursday.