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Marine Corps, Army chiefs oppose ending 'don't ask' this year

December 3, 2010 Providing fuel for GOP arguments against repealing the 1993 law prohibiting openly gay individuals from serving in the military, two of its most senior officers Friday told senators overturning the gay ban this year would be disruptive to the combat force. The four-star chiefs of the Marine Corps and Army ...

McKeon insists on hearing from the military on ‘don’t ask’

December 3, 2010 The top Republican on the House Armed Services Committee is accusing the Obama administration of putting a political "spin" on the results of a months-long review of the 1993 law banning openly homosexual men and women from serving in the military, saying he wants to hear directly from senior officers ...

Gates warns against gambling on 'don't ask' repeal

December 2, 2010 Defense Secretary Robert Gates appealed to senators Thursday to repeal the 1993 "don't ask, don't tell" law by the end of the year, arguing that lawmakers must act quickly if they hope to lift the gay ban before the courts take a more abrupt approach to ending the policy. Speaking ...

Panel urges OMB not to block F-35 alternate engine funding

December 1, 2010 In a highly unusual move, House Armed Services Committee leaders wrote the Office of Management and Budget this week asking the agency to rewrite guidance it issued that makes it difficult to include funding for a controversial alternate engine for the F-35 fighter jet program in a continuing resolution. The ...

Defense study bolsters case for ending ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’

November 30, 2010 Defense Secretary Robert Gates Tuesday strongly urged the Senate to pass legislation repealing the controversial "don't ask, don't tell" law, citing the findings of a 10-month Pentagon study investigating the impact of lifting the military's ban on gays and lesbians from serving openly. Though potentially disruptive in the short term, ...

White House bows to political realities on military pay

November 29, 2010 The White House Monday sidestepped the politically volatile issue of military pay by exempting troops from a two-year federal pay freeze that will affect all other federal employees. Had military pay been included in the Obama administration's deficit-cutting proposal, it would almost certainly have been met with stiff resistance on ...

Officials ousted from tanker program for mishandling information

November 23, 2010 The Air Force has conducted an extensive review of the inadvertent distribution of sensitive information to two firms vying for the high-stakes aerial refueling tanker contract and has removed two officials from the program, the service's top officer said Tuesday. In his first public remarks since news of the mistaken ...

EADS: Mistaken data release won't scuttle tanker contest

November 22, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The U.S. division of European aerospace giant EADS is giving the Pentagon the benefit of the doubt -- at least for now -- that the recent inadvertent release of sensitive information to its rival, Boeing, in the high-stakes Air Force tanker contest will not impede the contract, a senior executive ...

Navy watches clock on littoral ship plan

November 22, 2010 The chief of naval operations says he's confident he has support on Capitol Hill for plans to buy two versions of the service's Littoral Combat Ship, but he acknowledged that it will be a challenge to obtain congressional authorization to do so by mid-December. The Navy announced on Nov. 3 ...

EADS: Mistaken data release won’t scuttle tanker contest

November 22, 2010 The U.S. division of European aerospace giant EADS is giving the Pentagon the benefit of the doubt -- at least for now -- that the recent inadvertent release of sensitive information to its rival, Boeing, in the high-stakes Air Force tanker contest will not impede the contract, a senior executive ...