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Following the money on Iraq, homeland security not easy

The Bush administration has a great deal of discretion in spending war funds, and "homeland security" remains ill-defined.

Leading vs. Managing

There's a big difference between the two, readers said in their reactions to last week's column.

New attack plane faces cuts as defense bill takes shape

The F/A-22 could face $300 million in cuts to help pay for an increase in troop strength.

Senate intelligence panel approves authorization bill

Measure includes a series of proposals to restructure intelligence agencies and operations.

Democrats propose plan to boost biological defenses

Arguing that the Bush administration's Project Bioshield doesn't go far enough, they seek to speed development of drugs that counter biological agents.

Coast Guard weighs changes to multibillion-dollar modernization deal

The service struggles to keep pace with homeland security demands.

U.S. wants to place immigration inspectors at foreign airports

The Homeland Security Department will put inspection teams at foreign airports to identify possible terrorists and immigration violators before they board planes coming to the United States.

Lawmaker urges caution in regulating purchase cards

There is fine line between controlling the use of government purchase cards and excessive oversight of the program, the head of the House Government Reform committee said Tuesday.

Lawmakers unveil $4 billion plan to increase military

Members of the House Armed Services Committee estimate that increasing the size of the military will cost $4 billion per year, but would relieve overextended Guard and Reserve soldiers.

Senate panel backs 3.5 percent military pay raise

Subcommittee also votes to implement a health care program for Guard and Reserve troops.