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National Guard leaders criticize Pentagon base closing proposals

June 15, 2005 In an unusual move, New Hampshire's adjutant general, who stands to gain from this round of base closings, on Wednesday criticized the Pentagon's decision to strip a significant number of airframes from 28 Air National Guard facilities. For many lawmakers and communities, the Defense Department's base closure and realignment process...

Pentagon gets more time to declassify base-closing data

June 13, 2005 After receiving more base-closure and realignment documents from the Pentagon over the weekend, the two leaders of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee have given the Defense Department four extra days to declassify the hundreds of thousands of pages of documents relating to its BRAC recommendations. Over the...

Lobbyists, legislators still await full release of BRAC info

June 10, 2005 With only three months to go until the independent Base Closure and Realignment Commission submits its recommendations to the White House, many congressional staffers, lobbyists and analysts are spending the summer sifting through Pentagon information they say is neither well organized nor user friendly. Defense Department officials generated hundreds of...

White House redactions on tanker lease deal report raise ire

June 9, 2005 When White House officials took a pen to the Pentagon inspector general's latest report on the Air Force's ill-fated deal to lease a new fleet of aerial refueling tankers from Boeing, they were guided by an informal agreement reached last summer by Senate Republican leaders and President Bush's top legal...

House panel OKs Defense appropriations measure

June 8, 2005 The House Appropriations Committee unanimously approved the $408.7 billion fiscal 2006 defense appropriations bill Tuesday, pushing the legislation to the floor for a vote next Tuesday. The bill sets aside $363.4 billion for discretionary military spending, $3.3 billion less than authorized under the concurrent budget resolution and approved by the...

Pentagon IG: Defense official could face criminal charges

June 7, 2005 At least one current or former Defense Department official could face criminal charges as a result of a Pentagon inspector general's investigation into the Air Force's tainted deal to lease 100 KC-767 aerial refueling tankers from Boeing Co. Inspector General Joseph Schmitz declined to identify the official, saying only that...

Pentagon IG tanker report points finger at senior officials

June 7, 2005 The Pentagon inspector general's investigation into the Air Force's deal to lease aerial refueling tankers from Boeing contains scores of redactions that shield from blame Defense Department personnel who worked on the now-defunct contract, several sources familiar with the report said Monday. The report, to be released Tuesday, implicates more...

Pentagon misses deadline for releasing base-closing data

June 6, 2005 The Pentagon released much of its base-closure data this weekend, but officials still have not finished scouring classified material from all information used to make recommendations to shutter 33 major domestic bases and realign others. Lawmakers representing states affected by the closures have criticized the Pentagon for what they consider...

Pentagon says IG investigation into Boeing tanker deal completed

June 2, 2005 Several top Pentagon officials will testify Tuesday before the Senate Armed Services Committee on a just-completed inspector general investigation into the Air Force's tainted deal with Boeing Co. to lease a fleet of KC-767 aerial refueling tankers. Committee members requested the investigation last year after corruption was exposed in connection...

BRAC panel, lawmakers visit New England bases

May 31, 2005 The Maine and Connecticut congressional delegations are taking the fight to save major military bases in their states to their home turf Tuesday and Wednesday when members of the Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission head to New England to evaluate the Pentagon's recommendations to shutter the installations. The site...

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