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DHS comes under fire for failure to track conference and travel costs

Department’s IG office urges better oversight to avoid wasteful spending.

Obama budget revives dispute over new spy satellites

Proposal supports buying large electro-optical satellites and more commercial data, but ignores a plan to purchase a small cluster of relatively cheap satellites.

Spending plan attracts bipartisan criticism

Lawmakers say the Obama administration should not count on a presidential commission to bring down the deficit to 3 percent of GDP.

Analysis: Internationally oriented executives needed

Many domestic federal agencies aren’t prepared for global responsibilities.

Contractors welcome military surge in Afghanistan

Some have been expected to work in areas not yet cleared by U.S. soldiers.

Strategic reviews emphasize risk management

Pentagon and DHS reports highlight the need for better interagency cooperation.

Gates rejects multiyear deal on Navy aircraft

Defense secretary tells Congress it would not save enough money to make it worthwhile.

National intelligence chief bemoans politicizing of security

Debate over the government's handling of the Christmas bombing plot has not been helpful to law enforcement efforts, says Dennis Blair.

Presidential Sins

Because of a trio of mistakes by Obama, Democrats' hold on Congress is increasingly precarious.

Defense chief continues push to 'rebalance' U.S. military forces

Department's QDR proposes little change in the existing units and capabilities of the four armed services.