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Navy chief is preparing 'don't ask' recommendations

November 22, 2010 With less than two weeks until the release of a Pentagon report on how to respond to a repeal of the 1993 law banning openly gay men and lesbians from military service, the Navy's top officer said he is reviewing the findings and will soon deliver his recommendations to Defense ...

Group calls Defense budget cuts critical to reducing deficit

November 18, 2010 Siding with the chairmen of the president's bipartisan fiscal commission, who want to make deep cuts in the Pentagon budget, a group of defense analysts and experts Thursday argued that reducing the deficit is imperative to ensuring national security. In a letter to commission chairmen Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson, ...

Gates warns against deep Defense cuts

November 16, 2010 Defense Secretary Robert Gates took a swipe at the chairmen of the president's deficit commission Tuesday, arguing that their recommendations to make drastic cuts to the Pentagon's budget are unnecessary and unrealistic considering the military's commitments overseas and the need to hedge against future threats. "I'm sympathetic to the challenges ...

Republicans divided on defense cuts

November 12, 2010 Republicans may have won control of the House and picked up several seats in the Senate, but party leaders in both chambers will have to tread carefully to avoid a war between two entrenched factions of the GOP over defense spending. Pro-defense Republicans already are clamoring to use their party's ...

Jockeying for top Democratic Armed Services panel spot begins

November 10, 2010 The race for the House Armed Services ranking member slot in the next Congress heated up Tuesday, with Reps. Silvestre Reyes, D-Texas, and Adam Smith, D-Wash., announcing they will compete for the top Democratic committee post, left vacant after the midterm elections wiped out the panel's most senior Democrats. In ...

House-Senate talks on Defense policy bill collapse

November 10, 2010 Members of the House and Senate Armed Services committees have suspended unofficial talks aimed at hammering out a compromise fiscal 2011 defense authorization bill -- an unusually bitter breakdown that raises the odds the annual Pentagon policy bill will fail to pass Congress for the first time in more than ...

Air Force lacks schedule for next generation bomber

November 4, 2010 The defense industry has been anxiously awaiting information about the Air Force's plans to buy a family of systems to replace its aging bomber fleet, but a senior service official indicated Thursday that there is no timeframe yet for submitting a proposal to Defense Secretary Robert Gates. During a breakfast ...

Navy seeks to split next littoral ship contracts

November 4, 2010 The Navy wants to abandon its winner-take-all approach for the next 10 Littoral Combat Ships and instead award contracts for 10 warships apiece to the two competitors, Lockheed Martin Corp. and Austal USA. But to change its approach, the Navy needs congressional authorization by mid-December, when the firms' current proposals ...

McKeon seeks House Armed Services leadership post

November 3, 2010 Rep. Howard (Buck) McKeon, R-Calif., wasted no time Wednesday announcing his intention to seek the chairmanship of the House Armed Services Committee in the next Congress. McKeon, who became ranking member of the committee last year, said in a statement Wednesday that he would focus on winning the wars in ...

Navy to ax troubled programs

November 1, 2010 The Navy's second-highest-ranking officer signaled Monday that troubled weapons programs will fall victim to the budgetary ax as the service tries to spend its money more wisely. During a speech at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Adm. Jonathan Greenert, vice chief of naval operations, said the termination of ...