Several Washington area buildings remain closed as cleanup continues.
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Monthly "burn rate" in Iraq and Afghanistan is expected to average $9.7 billion in fiscal 2006, an 18 percent jump from last year.
Current fleet is at 280 ships, down from 341 five years ago and the fewest ships since the 1930s.
Class action lawsuit results in order blocking another security directive, including requirement to review agency laptops.
Administration frames issue as a bipartisan imperative, highlighting Democratic support.
The $26.1 billion approved for fiscal 2007 exceeds President Bush’s request and the amount allotted by the House last month.
Appeals court decision could open doors to bargaining over pay, union officials say.
Use of such technology has reduced government defense costs by millions, one expert says.