Program created in 2002 has been dogged by complaints that application process is too onerous.
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Report by organization studying issues affecting the two regions argues they should be spared deep BRAC cuts this time.
Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., could propose decreasing the Marine Corps' KC-130J aerial tanker buy in 2006 from 12 planes to four, to make room in the budget for at least nine C-130Js.
Pentagon officials will provide Congress with list of closures and realignments only an hour before announcement.
Proponents of tighter border controls call for military action, more funding and merging homeland security bureaus.
Legislation would have restored collective bargaining rights in the Homeland Security Department.