Proposed 2006 budget strengthens surveillance and detention operations, while reducing grants for first responders.
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Study supposed to examine alternatives for modernizing Air Force's aging fleet of aerial refueling tankers.
Bush administration’s $419 billion request, almost 5 percent more than last year, also curtails spending on some weapons systems.
Next year's request will be the one that translates sweeping changes outlined in the Pentagon's forthcoming quadrennial defense review into money.
Critics say proposed budget severely underfunds critical homeland security efforts, such as border security and local grants.
Congressional sources say the Pentagon will seek a relatively small $100 million increase despite criticism the Army hasn't supplied critical equipment to soldiers in Iraq.
Whoever takes over as the new chief of the intelligence apparatus could learn from the early, faltering steps of the Homeland Security Department.
Paul Wolfowitz says amount of additional fiscal 2006 funding needed "would be a wild guess at this point."