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Army defends plans to centralize National Guard centers

May 18, 2005 Members of the Defense Base Realignment and Closure Commission pressed senior Army officials Wednesday on what one member described as the "Field of Dreams" approach to consolidating reserve and National Guard personnel at Armed Forces Reserve Centers. Samuel Skinner, a chief of staff for former President Bush, questioned the Army's...

Rumsfeld expected to restore funding for cargo aircraft

May 11, 2005 Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld is expected to restore full funding for the Air Force's C-130J multiyear procurement contract, although the Department Department will not try to do so in the fiscal 2006 budget. Although the Pentagon had proposed terminating the C-130J multiyear in its fiscal 2006 budget request, in a...

As questions surface, Rumsfeld defends pre-war planning

April 27, 2005 Defense Secretary Rumsfeld defended the Bush administration's pre-war planning effort for Iraq before Senate appropriators Wednesday in response to questions raised in a recent RAND Corp., study. During a Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee hearing Rumsfeld lashed out at Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., when he raised questions about issues addressed in...

Pentagon acquisition nominee faces tough questions

April 22, 2005 Kenneth Krieg, the president's nominee to be the Pentagon's chief weapons buyer, faced tough questions from senators Thursday about defense acquisition, including a call to rein in program cost growth and schedule delays, as well as the need to foster more competition in the defense industry. Krieg, currently the Defense...

Deputy Defense nominee fields questions over shipbuilding, acquisition

April 19, 2005 President Bush's pick to be the next deputy Defense secretary faced tough questions on Navy shipbuilding plans and defense acquisition from senators Tuesday. During his two-hour confirmation hearing, Navy Secretary Gordon England told Armed Services Committee members he would seek to simplify what he described as an overly complex defense...

Senators aim to derail Pentagon plans to scrap C-130J

April 18, 2005 The Senate could consider this week a move to block the Pentagon from spending any money to eliminate the C-130J heavy lift plane as part of the fiscal 2006 budget. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., said Friday that he and fellow Georgia Republican Sen. Johnny Isakson, along with 12 other senators,...

GAO says problems justify rebidding C-130 contract

April 15, 2005 The Government Accountability Office recommended Thursday that the Air Force rebid the installation portion of its $4 billion C-130 avionics modernization contract with the Boeing Co. and study the possibility of rebidding the entire 3-year-old contract. In response to bid protests filed last year by losing contractors Lockheed Martin, L-3...

Pentagon plans to consolidate forces in Europe take shape

April 14, 2005 The Pentagon's plans for a major reduction and redeployment of U.S. Army forces in Europe are beginning to take shape, including an initiative to move the Army's European headquarters from Heidelberg to Wiesbaden and reduce troop levels from 62,000 to just 24,000 in the next five to 10 years. Gen....

Air Force tells senator it will alter C-130J contract

April 14, 2005 Senior Air Force officials Wednesday told Senate Armed Services Airland Subcommittee Chairman John McCain, R-Ariz., they plan to alter the service's existing commercial item contract for the Lockheed Martin C-130J in order to comply with a more traditional military item procurement strategy, according to congressional sources. During testimony before the...

Puerto Rico seeks to protect its lone military base

April 8, 2005 A Puerto Rican government delegation was in Washington this week seeking to shield Ft. Buchanan, the island's lone remaining U.S. military installation, from the upcoming 2005 base-closing round. The group presented to Pentagon officials a plan to enhance Buchanan's military value, as well as the economic and social benefits it...

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