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Boeing CFO gets four-month jail sentence

February 18, 2005 Former Boeing Chief Financial Officer Michael Sears was sentenced to four months in federal prison and fined $250,000 on Friday for illegally negotiating a job for a top Air Force official at the nation's second-largest defense contractor. "I know what I did was wrong and I am truly sorry," Sears, ...

Northrop Grumman chief touts benefits of military transformation technologies

February 16, 2005 The military's transformational technologies--next-generation systems that can have devastating consequences when brought to bear in urban combat--could help in homeland security, Ronald Sugar, chief executive officer of Northrop Grumman, said Tuesday. "Transformation is not done, it is only in the beginning stages of what it can accomplish," Sugar told reporters ...

More Air Force contracts under scrutiny in procurement scandal

February 14, 2005 The Defense Department announced Monday it is investigating eight additional Air Force contracts worth about $3 billion that may have been improperly manipulated by the service's former top career acquisition official, Darleen Druyun. The eight new contracts range in value from $42 million to $1.5 billion, and at least half ...

Defense budget proposal boosts benefits

February 7, 2005 The Bush administration has proposed a $419.3 billion Defense Department budget for fiscal 2006--a nearly 5 percent increase over last year -- that would boost spending on military benefits for retirees and reservists and on Army reorganization, but would curtail some weapons spending. The Pentagon also is expected to provide ...

Retired military officers tapped to serve on base-closing commission

January 25, 2005 Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., chose two retired senior military officers to serve on the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure Commission. Frist announced Tuesday that he was recommending retired Army Gen. John Coburn, former head of Army Materiel Command, and retired Navy Adm. Harold Gehman, former head of Joint ...

Shipyard workers fear base closure process could bring privatization

January 19, 2005 Navy shipyard workers are growing increasingly concerned that the Pentagon might use the upcoming round of military base closures to privatize their jobs and are asking Congress for help. Federal labor union sources say they believe the Pentagon will use this year's base realignment and closure round to privatize the ...

Several names floated for base closing commission

January 14, 2005 Key lawmakers are finalizing recommendations to the White House for the names of members to serve on the Base Realignment and Closure Commission. By March 15, President Bush must submit nominees to Congress for the nine-member, nonpartisan commission that will decide which domestic military bases should be closed or realigned ...

Druyun scandal may lead to more vacancies at the Pentagon

January 12, 2005 The Defense Department's largest procurement scandal in decades likely will lead to more high-level departures at the Pentagon, according to a senior Air Force official. "There are many people now lining up to leave," Marvin Sambur, assistant secretary of the Air Force for acquisition, told the Defense Writers Group in ...

Former Air Force acquisition chief begins prison term

January 5, 2005 Darleen Druyun, the former Air Force acquisition executive who steered contracts to Boeing in exchange for a lucrative job, began serving a nine-month sentence in a federal prison on Monday. Druyun, 57, was sentenced last fall after violating federal conflict of interest laws by negotiating a $250,000-a-year job with Boeing, ...

Breaking Ranks

January 1, 2005 Part-time soldiers are starting to crack under full-time pressure in iraq. U.S. soldiers' simmering concerns about traveling the bomb-pocked roads of Iraq in unarmored vehicles broke out into the open in December. A National Guardsman roused cheers from a crowd of Iraq-bound troops when he asked Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld ...