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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.

The weapons program has been plagued by problems.

Gates sacks F-35 manager, withholds Lockheed payments

Defense chief has expressed frustration over projected cost increases and schedule delays.

Some nonsecurity agencies see slight budget boosts

The Education, Energy and Transportation departments are among those slated for small increases in fiscal 2011, despite the discretionary spending freeze.

Program Cuts, Agency-by-Agency

A list of federal programs and initiatives that would lose some or all of their funding in fiscal 2011 and beyond under Obama's budget plan.