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Appropriators press Pentagon over restructuring costs

March 30, 2004 Top Senate appropriators called on the Pentagon Tuesday to be more forthcoming with the anticipated costs of its plan to sharply revise its overseas basing strategy and with the impact that will have on military construction and the round of base closings in 2005. Military Construction Appropriations Subcommittee Chairwoman Kay...

Senate budget chief defends Air Force tanker leasing plan

March 24, 2004 Senate Appropriations Chairman Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, said Wednesday that the Air Force has taken too much heat on the subject of acquiring new tanker aircraft, referring to efforts by Senate Armed Services Chairman John Warner, R-Va., and Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., to derail plans to replacing existing KC-135 tankers with...

Defense seeks to shift $190M to improve armor for Humvees

March 23, 2004 Despite administration assertions that the U.S. military does not need increased fiscal 2005 funding for operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Pentagon recently asked lawmakers to shift $190 million in fiscal 2004 money from other military accounts to pay for armor kits for the Humvees used in Iraq. The kits...

Committee agrees to cover troops' travel costs

March 18, 2004 Some 29,000 members of the armed forces stationed for long periods overseas would be compensated for money spent getting home under a bill approved Wednesday by the House Armed Services Committee. The committee passed the measure,(S. 2057), by voice vote. It provides roughly $13 million to retroactively reimburse U.S. military...

Senator asks Pentagon watchdog to review tanker documents

March 12, 2004 Senate Commerce Committee Chairman John McCain, R-Ariz., on Friday called on the Pentagon inspector general to determine whether a document the Pentagon is using to establish requirements for the controversial acquisition of Boeing 767 tankers was allegedly manipulated by the Air Force's chief of staff to favor the plan. McCain...

Senator assails Air Force vice chief over tanker lease remarks

March 10, 2004 Air Force Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Michael Moseley drew fire Tuesday from Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain for public remarks the general made last week favoring the Air Force's current plan to lease and buy Boeing 767 aerial refueling tankers. McCain asserted Moseley's comments had precluded any option other...

Military services tell lawmaker of additional funding needs

March 5, 2004 As the House and Senate Budget committees prepare to trim the Pentagon's $401.7 billion fiscal 2005 budget in their impending budget resolutions, the military services have told one lawmaker the Bush administration underfunds more than $12.2 billion in programs in the upcoming fiscal year. House Armed Services ranking member Ike...

Air Force official suggests Boeing tanker leases only option

March 4, 2004 The Air Force's second-highest-ranking officer Wednesday appeared to dismiss the need for any further study of the service's aerial refueling requirements, suggesting to House lawmakers that the controversial Boeing KC-767 tanker is the service's only viable option. "The plan we've got for the 767 is valid," Air Force Vice Chief...

Military officials defend budgeting for Iraq, Afghanistan

March 2, 2004 Senate Democrats on Tuesday challenged the military services' top civilian officials on their inability to estimate fiscal 2005 costs associated with operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, and questioned the Pentagon's ability to pay for those two continuing operations with fiscal 2004 funds. During a hearing, Senate Armed Services ranking member...

Defense comptroller defends funding for Iraq, Afghanistan

March 1, 2004 Under tough questioning Monday from Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee members, Pentagon Comptroller Dov Zakheim maintained that operations in Iraq and Afghanistan are fully funded through the end of this fiscal year, and that additional money will not be needed until well after the presidential election in November. Appropriations Chairman Ted...

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