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Army budget request might seek little for force protection

February 4, 2005 When the Defense Department submits its fiscal 2006 budget request to lawmakers Monday, Pentagon and congressional sources say the Army's portion will reflect a relatively small $100 million increase over last year's appropriation despite criticism the service has failed to adequately supply critical equipment to soldiers in Iraq. Pentagon sources...

Deputy Defense secretary warns of 'substantial' supplemental request

February 3, 2005 Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz told senators Thursday they can expect a "substantial request for supplemental funding in fiscal 2006," in addition to the anticipated $100 billion in supplemental funds the Defense Department will receive in fiscal 2005. At a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing, Wolfowitz said the Bush administration...

War supplemental might target military life insurance sales

February 2, 2005 Senators might use President Bush's fiscal 2005 supplemental spending request as a vehicle to curb predatory sales of life insurance and other financial products at military installations around the globe. During a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing Tuesday, Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., said they hope...

Group calls for increase in Army and Marine troop levels

February 1, 2005 Members of the conservative Project for the New American Century are calling on House and Senate leaders to increase the Army and Marine Corps active duty troop levels over the next several years in support of an extended engagement in the Middle East. In a Friday letter to Senate Majority...

Boeing critic under consideration for top acquisition post

January 27, 2005 The White House is considering Ken Krieg, the Pentagon's chief program evaluator and a critic of the Air Force's plan to acquire Boeing KC-767 refueling tankers, to fill the department's top acquisition post, according to sources close to the Pentagon. Krieg, considered a key adviser in Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld's...

Critics: Army transformation costs should be in budget, not supplemental

January 26, 2005 The Army is counting on lawmakers to approve $12 billion for transformation initiatives as part of the Pentagon's forthcoming $80 billion fiscal 2005 wartime supplemental spending request, an item Pentagon leaders directed to be included in the supplemental. Critics say the money, part of the Army's $57 billion share of...

Rumsfeld trip before budget release sparks questions

January 25, 2005 Defense Secretary Rumsfeld is scheduled to leave town Feb. 8, one day after the Bush administration delivers its fiscal 2006 budget request to Congress. Congressional sources say he is not scheduled to defend the Pentagon portion of the budget until Feb. 16-17, when he will appear before the Senate and...

House chairman backs Defense intelligence unit

January 25, 2005 House Armed Services Committee Chairman Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., Monday dismissed as "nonsense" the notion that the Pentagon's efforts to enhance its intelligence capabilities with a new, internal intelligence unit are "sinister and illegitimate." In a statement issued late Monday, Hunter said the war against terror demands that the Pentagon, as...

Panel investigates military family TRICARE complaints

January 25, 2005 The House Armed Services Committee is investigating complaints from military families who claim the Pentagon's revamped TRICARE healthcare system is failing to adequately cover families with special-needs children. Early this month, several committee members, including House Armed Services Committee Chairman Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., visited troops at Camp Lejeune, N.C. While...

Pentagon report criticizes new version of C-130J transport plane

January 24, 2005 A new report by the Pentagon's top independent weapons tester has found that the Air Force's C-130J transport plane failed its initial evaluation and is "neither operationally effective nor operationally suitable," according to a copy of the document obtained by CongressDaily. The report comes on the heels of a Pentagon...

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