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Bush does end run around Congress, installs base closure panel

April 4, 2005 The White House has installed the Base Realignment and Closure Commission by recess appointment after Sen. Trent Lott, R-Miss., blocked their nominations from being voted on by the Senate. On Friday, President Bush announced that former Veterans Affairs Secretary Anthony Principi had been appointed to head BRAC, and that the...

Trial by Fire

April 1, 2005 The fight against insurgents in Iraq is teaching Army junior officers how to lead. After Army Lt. Jordan Becker and his infantry platoon parachuted into Kirkuk and helped seize the Iraqi city in April 2003, they were handed a wholly different type of mission: Solve a local dispute by peacefully...

Base Hitter

April 1, 2005 Philip Grone has the unenviable job of proposing which military posts to shut down. Philip Grone, the Defense Department's deputy undersecretary of defense for installations and environment, sometimes gets gentle ribbing from his former colleagues on Capitol Hill. "There are folks who have occasionally joked with me, 'You used to...

With top Air Force slots vacant, Pentagon takes over procurement programs

March 31, 2005 With vacancies in several top Air Force positions, the Defense Department announced this week that it would take over management of nearly two dozen of the service's largest procurement programs. "This action is not a punitive one; rather it is meant to assist the Air Force by overseeing and providing...

The Long Wait

March 15, 2005 Military communities likely will have to wait years to see any economic benefits from base closings. Members of the Concord, Calif., City Council recently did something few local government organizations ever do: asked the Defense Department to shut down a military base in town. "Most communities fight to keep their...

Bush chooses former VA chief for BRAC commission

March 7, 2005 Former Veteran Affairs Secretary Anthony Principi will be nominated by President Bush to lead the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure Commission, the White House has announced. Principi, 60, stepped down as VA chief in December and now is a vice president for pharmaceutical manufacturer Pfizer Corp. Previously, the decorated Vietnam...

Give and Take

March 1, 2005 Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld cuts older systems to make way for the new. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld is offering deficit-conscious lawmakers a tough trade-off in his $419 billion fiscal 2006 budget proposal. He's seeking to fund military transformation programs by cutting billions of dollars from long-running and popular Cold War-era...

Shield of Dreams

March 1, 2005 The effort to create a national missile defense system hinges on a controversial acquisition approach. In mid-December, the Missile Defense Agency failed a test it had spent nearly two years and millions of dollars preparing for. Twenty-three seconds before an interceptor missile was set to launch from the Central Pacific...

Pentagon investigating former officials working for contractors

February 24, 2005 The Defense Department is investigating a pool of former senior military and civilian Defense managers now working for government contractors for possible criminal violations of federal conflict-of-interest rules, according to law enforcement officials. "Certain names popped up. We do have a pool of candidates we are working from," says Joseph...

Justice forms procurement fraud task force

February 23, 2005 In the aftermath of the Defense Department procurement scandal, the Justice Department has created a special task force aimed at combating fraud among defense and homeland security contractors. "The sheer size and complexity of procurement operations may embolden some criminals. It is imperative that we take action to prevent, deter...

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