Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., accuses Air Force of "either a systemic failure in procurement oversight, willful blindness or rank corruption."
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But several committee chairmen vehemently oppose creating the permanent panel.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement bureau will keep limits in place indefinitely, spokesman says.
Military said to be reeling from post-Cold War "procurement holiday" as pace of wartime operations eats up equipment.
The number and type of companies that seek airport screening contracts could be drastically affected by government’s decision.
Think tank’s concept would help identify and interpret clues of an impending event.
Audit finds efforts to improve training, equipment and funding for first responders have been "fragmented," "ineffective" and "not adequate."
Tough deputy could continue shake-up at intelligence agency started by new director.
But Democrats question Francis Harvey's qualifications in two hours of debate on Senate floor.