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Defense budget reflects cost of maintaining volunteer force in wartime

February 5, 2008 The high cost of maintaining an all-volunteer military during wartime is reflected in the $515.4 billion defense budget request the Bush administration sent to Congress this week, a 7.5 percent increase over last year's budget. Nearly 30 percent of the request, $149.4 billion, is designated for military pay and health ...

Administration seeks $515.4 billion in defense spending

February 4, 2008 The Bush administration Monday sent lawmakers a 2009 defense budget request totaling $515.4 billion, along with an additional $70 billion request to fund the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan . Reflecting the increased costs of maintaining a large volunteer force during a protracted war, the budget includes $125 billion in ...

Air Force’s stealth bomber plans called unrealistic

February 1, 2008 The Air Force's plans to procure a new stealth bomber by 2018 appear to be unrealistic, because the technology doesn't exist and development costs would be prohibitive, according to an independent assessment. The author of the assessment, Clark Murdock, a senior adviser at the Center for Strategic and International Studies ...

Quality Over Quantity

February 1, 2008 The Navy says plans for a lean fleet will not compromise its maritime edge. The Navy had barely unveiled its new maritime strategy in October 2007 when critics assailed it as a blueprint for the decline of the world's largest military fleet. The service's 30-year plan, which calls for a ...

Let soldiers blog, post YouTube videos, general says

January 30, 2008 To compete in the global information war played out on Web sites and e-mail, soldiers in Iraq should upload videos of their experiences in the combat zone to YouTube and post their personal stories online, a top Army general said recently -- a recommendation that appears to run counter to ...

Observers take critical look at Defense organization

January 25, 2008 Protracted wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have revealed serious flaws in the U.S. military, and fixing them may require rethinking the extensive overhaul of defense operations undertaken two decades ago, according to a group of defense experts who gathered in Washington this week. The landmark 1986 Goldwater-Nichols Act was widely ...

Former top general in Afghanistan urges shift in U.S. effort

January 23, 2008 U.S. troops in Afghanistan should shift from their current positions astride the mountainous northeastern border with Pakistan to the southern part of the country, around Kandahar, where the security situation has sharply deteriorated in recent years, the former top American commander in the country told lawmakers on Wednesday. Retired Army ...

Humvee replacement program to begin next month

January 18, 2008 The Army and Marine Corps plan to invite manufacturers to submit competing proposals to build the follow-on vehicle to the ubiquitous Humvee at the end of January, in what is expected to be one of the largest-ever vehicle acquisition programs. The Army said at least two firms will be selected ...

Chief of staff says Army must be re-balanced

January 16, 2008 The Army is facing a personnel crisis as experienced soldiers retire and new recruits become more difficult to find, putting the future of the country's all-volunteer force at risk, the service's top general said Wednesday. "By no stretch of the imagination is it a hollow Army or a broken one, ...

Marines shopping for new armored vehicle

January 15, 2008 The Marine Corps is shopping for a new line of 600 wheeled, medium-weight armored personnel carriers for its new Triad of Tactical Mobility initiative unveiled in December. Under the triad concept, the new Mobile Personnel Carrier would be positioned between the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle, a replacement for the Humvee ...