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Democrats split over Afghanistan exit demands

Defense bill amendment demanding the Obama administration produce an exit strategy for the war in Afghanistan fails.

Senate panel adds seven F-22s to fiscal 2010 bill

The White House has threatened to veto any authorization measure that continues F-22 production.

Lawmaker says he'll urge appropriators to kill Osprey program

Officials defend the hybrid tilt-rotor aircraft, describing it as an essential weapon system.

Senate Defense bill to raise military pay by 3.4 percent

Plan sets pay hike a half-percent higher than the Obama administration requested.

Obama threatens veto of defense bill over fighter jet add-on

Allowing funding for more F-22 Raptors would reverse the Pentagon's decision to end production of the stealthy fighters.

Lawmaker eases demand for split tanker deal

Rep. John Murtha, D-Pa., will stop short of requiring the Pentagon to use the split-buy strategy.

Mass. lawmakers urge Army to keep multimillion-dollar contract in state

Defense contractor plans to close New Bedford plant producing military backpacks and relocate work to Puerto Rico.

From Nextgov.com: Cyber Command creation leaves key details to be addressed

Defense Secretary Robert Gates mandates new organization ; operational, budget issues to be sorted out in coming months.

Administration calls language gutting Pentagon pay system ‘premature’

The results of an ongoing review will help lawmakers make informed decisions about the future of the pay-for-performance arrangement, White House says.

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The same circumstances that assured Obama’s election have helped him press forward with sweeping policy proposals.