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Pentagon nominees grilled on operations and recruiting

June 29, 2005 Senate Armed Services Committee members on Wednesday quizzed three four-star military officers on current operations, lagging military recruitment and Pentagon acquisition changes during a confirmation hearing. Although senators generally supported the nomination of all three officers to top military posts, Republicans and Democrats both voiced concerns about troop levels in...

Overseas basing panel concerned about pace of relocations

June 29, 2005 Members of the Overseas Basing Commission Tuesday reiterated their concern that the Defense Department is moving too quickly in its plans to move nearly 70,000 troops stationed abroad to domestic military installations by the end of the decade. At issue is whether the Pentagon can work quickly enough to prepare...

Adjutants general take aim at Air Force consolidation plan

June 28, 2005 The top National Guard officers from eight states will argue their case Thursday against stripping all aircraft from 23 Air Guard facilities at a public hearing before the Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission in Atlanta. Adjutants general will use the opportunity to vent frustrations with the Air Force, which...

Pentagon inspector general interviewing ex-acquisitions chief

June 24, 2005 The Pentagon inspector general's office is interviewing a key player in the corrupt Air Force tanker lease deal after fielding heavy criticism from the Senate Armed Services Committee for failing to do so during its investigation. Senate Armed Services Chairman John Warner, R-Va., who criticized the inspector general for not...

Senator seeks route for England to take Pentagon post

June 23, 2005 Senate Armed Services Chairman John Warner met Wednesday with the Pentagon's general counsel and a "team of people" from the Office of Government Ethics to attempt to resolve lingering financial conflict-of-interest issues surrounding the nomination of Gordon England to the Pentagon's No. 2 post. Warner said Thursday no decision was...

House pushes Navy to buy more ships in 2006

June 22, 2005 Amid mounting concerns that the domestic shipbuilding industry is taking heavy hits, House authorizers and appropriators have dramatically increased the Navy's ship buys for next year, helping to feed a sector that is becoming more anemic just as China pours billions into its fleet. The decision reflects a growing consensus...

House passes defense appropriations bill

June 21, 2005 The House passed the $408 billion fiscal 2006 Defense spending bill on a 398-19 vote Monday night, but not before debate was delayed for more than 30 minutes after Rep. John Hostettler, R-Ind., accused Democrats of aiding "the long war on Christianity in America." "Like a moth to a flame,...

Defense bill likely to pass quickly after a short delay

June 17, 2005 After getting bogged down Thursday night by debate on a United Nations overhaul bill, the House has moved consideration of the fiscal 2006 Defense appropriations bill to Monday. The House Appropriations Committee last week passed the $408.7 billion bill, which includes $45.3 billion in emergency "bridge" funds for operations in...

Financial conflict-of-interest questions slow Defense nominee's confirmation

June 17, 2005 Senate Armed Services Chairman John Warner and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld met behind closed doors this week to try to resolve financial conflict-of-interest concerns that are delaying the confirmation of Gordon England as the Pentagon's No. 2 civilian. Their goal is to quickly work around questions surrounding England's pension plan...

Lawmakers, Guard officials rally to keep planes in place

June 16, 2005 Lawmakers and National Guard leaders are uniting to fight what is quickly becoming the biggest national issue in the latest round of base-closing decisions -- the attempt to move aircraft from 28 Guard facilities around the country. About 40 congressional staffers packed into a Senate meeting room Tuesday to grill...

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