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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.

Ridge clarifies homeland intelligence roles

After months of congressional pressure to state clearly which of four federal agencies has primary responsibility for coordinating terrorism-related intelligence, Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge indicated Tuesday that the Terrorist Threat Integration Center would take the lead.