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Former Defense chief meets with House Republicans

October 4, 2011 Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld on Monday inserted himself into the ongoing debate over Pentagon spending, meeting behind closed doors with hawkish House Armed Services Committee Republicans who are on a crusade to protect the military's accounts from further budget cuts. Rumsfeld, who had an often contentious relationship with lawmakers ...

Panetta urges lawmakers to protect Defense spending

September 21, 2011 In a move to protect the Pentagon's budget from further cuts, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is appealing to lawmakers to look to mandatory spending to reduce the deficit. Despite a Defense budget that has doubled in size over the last decade, Panetta asserted on Tuesday that mandatory spending, which includes ...

Appropriators cut $695 million from fighter jet, cancel tactical vehicle

September 13, 2011 The Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee on Tuesday approved a defense spending bill for next year that cuts $26 billion from the Pentagon's $656.8 billion request, including trimming $695 million from the Joint Strike Fighter program and cancelling the troubled Joint Light Tactical Vehicle in development for the Army and Marine ...

War-related contracting wasted up to $60 billion, commission reports

August 31, 2011 A staggering $12 million squandered every day for the last 10 years -- that was among the findings the Wartime Contracting Commission uncovered in more than two years of investigating war-related spending since 2001. Releasing its report on Wednesday, the bipartisan commission set up by Congress urged lawmakers to enact ...

Pentagon personnel chief investigated for 'tyrannical' leadership

August 19, 2011 The Pentagon inspector general is investigating Clifford Stanley, the official charged with overseeing the Defense Department's massive personnel bureaucracy, after a spate of highly detailed allegations of gross mismanagement and abuse of power. He's accused of firing respected senior staff, neglecting programs for wounded troops, and using limited funds on ...

Army secretary creates commission to simplify bureaucracy

August 15, 2011 As the Pentagon looks to trim more fat from its budget, Army Secretary John McHugh has created a commission charged with turning the Army's massive bureaucracy into a more agile and cost-effective organization. McHugh, who announced the commission on Monday, said the Institutional Army Transformation Commission will build on the ...

House GOP chairmen balk at defense cuts

August 11, 2011 In an attempt to protect the Pentagon's coffers from sizable cuts, three top House Republicans are demanding the Obama administration lay out the national security implications should a worst-case deficit-reduction scenario become reality and trigger more than $800 billion in defense cuts. None of the three lawmakers -- House Armed ...

Cutting F-35 would be complicated, costly, Pentagon says

August 8, 2011 With a Senate showdown over the troubled F-35 Joint Strike Fighter expected when the chamber debates the defense authorization bill this fall, Deputy Defense Secretary Bill Lynn has told key lawmakers that canceling the stealthy aircraft would be a costly and complicated move. In a July 25 letter to Senate ...

Panetta tries to assuage Pentagon budget-cutting concerns

August 3, 2011 Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on Wednesday attempted to assuage concerns about the debt ceiling deal's planned $350 billion cut to the Pentagon's budget over the next 10 years, stressing that military leaders have been anticipating a reduction of that size since President Obama announced a similar proposal in April. But ...

Joint Chiefs nominee warns against deeper defense cuts

July 26, 2011 As Congress and the White House remain locked in negotiations over competing deficit-reduction plans, President Obama's nominee to be the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on Tuesday warned against deep cuts to defense spending. During his confirmation hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee, Gen. Martin Dempsey ...