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Four BRAC members recuse themselves on state bases

Panel members decline to deliberate on decisions about states with which they are associated.

House panel modifies restrictions on women in combat

Armed Services Committee eases limits passed by subcommittee last week, but requires the Pentagon to notify Congress when opening new positions to women.

Unions, airport screeners seek prohibition on private screening services

American Federation of Government Employees proposes legislation that would prevent the privatization of passenger and baggage screening at airports.

Army defends plans to centralize National Guard centers

Officials anticipate the centers will be larger and more technologically advanced than existing reserve and Guard installations.

Police chiefs say national security strategy ignores local officials

International Association of Chiefs of Police says current anti-terrorism approach fails to incorporate the perspective of state and local law enforcement officials.

BRAC commissioners worry about retention in guard, reserves

Recommendation to consolidate National Guard and Reserve bases around the country could strain some troops' ability to report for weekend drill duties, commission members say.

House panel seeks to restrict Army Corps' ability to shift funds

House Appropriations Committee expresses frustration about "reprogramming" funds among various water projects.

Partnership between Defense and Homeland Security departments solid, says official

Pentagon’s homeland security chief says the relationship with the Homeland Security has improved.

Texas joins with Lockheed Martin for Los Alamos proposal

The University of Texas expects to submit the joint proposal for operating Los Alamos National Laboratory by late summer.

GAO: Lack of security clearances jeopardizes maritime security

Two lawmakers introduce amendment to improve process for granting port security clearances.

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