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Lawmakers seize on fine print to fend off base closing

April 7, 2005 Lawmakers and some state governors looking to shield their military installations from the 2005 base closure round have seized on an obscure statute they say could prevent the Pentagon from shuttering National Guard facilities. The Illinois congressional delegation, led by House Speaker Dennis Hastert, wrote Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld last ...

Bush fills Pentagon's top acquisition post

April 4, 2005 President Bush late Friday gave Michael Wynne, the acting undersecretary of Defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, a recess appointment to fill that job, but then also nominated Pentagon official Kenneth Krieg to replace Wynne permanently. Wynne's nomination has languished in the Senate Armed Services Committee since November 2003, along ...

Senator questions Army's 'Future Combat System' process

April 1, 2005 As part of his continued scrutiny of the Army's "Future Combat System," Senate Armed Services member John McCain, R-Ariz., is now questioning the Pentagon's acquisition approach for the multibillion dollar transformation program. Instead of developing the program under statutes that have safeguards against waste, fraud and abuse, the Pentagon has ...

Sources say senator is blocking base closure nominations

March 31, 2005 In a last-ditch effort to stymie the Pentagon's 2005 Base Closure and Realignment Commission process, congressional sources say Sen. Trent Lott, R-Miss., has placed a hold on the president's nomination of former Veterans Affairs Secretary Anthony Principi to head the panel. Lott's spokesman could not be reached for comment, but ...

Lobbyists work base-closing issue; effectiveness unclear

March 28, 2005 As the Pentagon prepares its 2005 base closure list, communities across the country are pouring millions of dollars into the pockets of lobbyists and consultants to shield hometown bases. But some defense analysts wonder how much influence these hired guns ultimately have over the Base Closure and Realignment Commission. For ...

Seats on base-closing panel no guarantee of success for states

March 23, 2005 With a handful of possible vacancies looming on the 2005 Defense Base Realignment and Closure Commission, states are clamoring to ensure they are represented on the panel that will review, and potentially dispute, the Pentagon's forthcoming list of base closings and realignments. Observers, though, warn that a BRAC commissioner's affiliation ...

Despite setbacks, Pentagon defends missile defense program

March 15, 2005 Pentagon officials defended the president's deployment of a rudimentary missile defense system last year before House lawmakers Tuesday, seeking to allay concerns over recent test failures. House Armed Services Strategic Forces Subcommittee Chairman Terry Everett, R-Ala., questioned the December and February tests involving the Pentagon's ground-based midcourse defense program, and ...

Senator to question Army's acquisition of tech network

March 14, 2005 Senate Armed Services Airland Subcommittee Chairman John McCain, R-Ariz., is expected to criticize the Army's commercial acquisition strategy for its $3 billion Future Combat System program during a hearing Tuesday. FCS, an Army technology development effort led by the Boeing Co., will be the centerpiece of the Army's transformation. It ...

Navy seeks to issue a new order: Abandon shipyards

March 9, 2005 With Navy leaders envisioning a fleet of smaller, faster and more agile ships, the future of the country's large shipbuilders is sinking fast. Last month, Navy leaders pulled the plug on a plan to subsidize the United States' two large shipyards -- Maine's Bath Iron Works and Northrop Grumman's Ingalls ...

Subcommittee voices dismay over Defense supplemental spending

March 4, 2005 House Armed Services Readiness Subcommittee Chairman Joel Hefley, R-Colo., said Thursday he is concerned about the Pentagon's reliance on supplemental spending to cover predictable costs associated with operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Hefley told the military's service vice chiefs that more of those costs should be contained in President Bush's ...