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House, Senate panels set to take up defense issues

Issues on the table this week include the overall size of military forces and the 2005 round of base closures.

Study shows homeland spending boosts other programs

A new report shows that nearly one-third of the money earmarked for homeland security in fiscal 2004 paid for non-homeland security activities.

Congress weighs creating nation-building agency

A bipartisan group of senators makes a push for 250-member civilian "response-readiness corps" that would be deployed on short notice to crisis areas.

Key Democrat plans series of bills on homeland security

A top member of the House Homeland Security Committee presses its Republican members to pass a strong homeland security authorization bill.

Army commander says gear for Iraq moving slowly but steadily

Slowdowns in parts and equipment delivery have not affected readiness rates in Iraq.

Homeland security center seeks funding to remain open

Defense Department funding for the National Homeland Security Training Center in Oklahoma is running out, and other options are limited.

International terrorist activity down, State Department says

The number of international terrorist incidents continued to decline in 2003, reaching its lowest level since the late 1960s.

Pentagon urged to consider R&D in base closings

Rep. Heather Wilson, R-N.M., introduced a bill Wednesday that would require the Pentagon to consider the military value of research, development and testing facilities in the next round of base closings.

Directive defines agency roles in battling bioterrorism

Presidential order is designed to improve interagency coordination in preventing, detecting and responding to acts of bioterrorism.

Davis seeks briefing on rail security pilot program

The chairman of the House Government Reform Committee asked the Transportation Security Administration this week to give him a briefing on a pilot program to address vulnerabilities at rail and transit stations.