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Pentagon contractors push for industrial base policy

January 13, 2011 Facing flattening Pentagon budgets after a decade of historic growth, defense industry officials are pushing the Obama administration to create an industrial base policy that outlines which technologies and capabilities it deems critical to national security. The policy, which has been discussed over the last several years by administration and ...

Lawmakers seek more experienced Afghan inspector general

January 11, 2011 The White House has not started floating candidates to lead the Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction office, but lawmakers and aides already are devising a list of qualifications for the high-profile post vacated on Monday by Arnold Fields. Fields, a former Marine Corps two-star general who had led the ...

Senate votes to repeal 'don't ask, don't tell'

December 19, 2010 The Senate Saturday voted 65-31 to allow gays and lesbians to serve openly in the military, a change as sweeping as the integration of blacks into the armed services in 1948. The vote, coming after months of public debate on the merits of ending the exclusion of gays while troops ...

Ranking member slot on House Armed Services panel filled

December 17, 2010 The House Democratic Caucus voted Thursday night to make Rep. Adam Smith, D-Wash., the next ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee, several House Democratic aides said. Smith, who has long been considered a rising star on the A-list committee, shot to his party's top job on the panel ...

House votes again to repeal of 'don't ask, don't tell'

December 15, 2010 For the second time this year, the House Wednesday voted to approve legislation repealing the 1993 "don't ask, don't tell" law banning openly gay individuals from serving in the military, this time in an attempt to pressure the Senate to act before adjournment and get a repeal measure to the ...

Navy delays Littoral Combat Ship contract award

December 13, 2010 The Navy has extended its Dec. 14 deadline to announce a contract for the Littoral Combat Ship program by more than two weeks to give Congress more time to consider its plans to award 10 ships apiece to two contractors that had been vying for the program. The sea service, ...

Senate backers of ‘don’t ask’ repeal to pursue new tactic

December 10, 2010 After Senate Democrats on Thursday failed, 57-40, to overcome a Republican filibuster of a defense policy bill that would repeal the 1993 ban of openly homosexual men and women from military service, senators from both parties unveiled what may be their 11th-hour bid to end the ban. They said they ...

Senate Dems lose vote on 'don't ask' repeal

December 9, 2010 Senate Democrats Thursday failed on a 57-40 vote to overcome a Republican filibuster of the 2011 defense authorization bill that includes a provision repealing the 1993 exclusion of openly homosexual men and women from military service. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., abruptly called for the floor vote to invoke ...

House funding measure leaves fate of F-35 alternate engine uncertain

December 7, 2010 The battle between the White House and Capitol Hill over funding for an alternate engine for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter could all come down to the Obama administration's interpretation of legislation drafted by the House to keep the government operating for the rest of the fiscal year. At stake ...

Defense chief isn't optimistic about ‘don’t ask’ repeal this year

December 6, 2010 With the clock ticking down to the end of the 111th Congress, Defense Secretary Robert Gates Monday said he is not banking on lawmakers succeeding this year in repealing the 1993 law banning gays and lesbians from serving openly in the military. "I'd have to say I'm not particularly optimistic ...