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Armed Services chair eyes Pentagon acquisition process

May 5, 2005 Reforming the Pentagon's acquisition process will be central to defense budget negotiations in the House as authorizers gear up for subcommittee markups next week, Armed Services Committee Chairman Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., said Wednesday. In particular, Hunter and other committee members are concerned about the skyrocketing costs of weapons systems, a...

Pentagon review could conflict with base closing panel

May 4, 2005 Members of the Defense Base Realignment and Closure Commission Wednesday expressed concern that decisions made during a separate Pentagon review of the military's force structure, plans and capabilities could render their base-closing work obsolete. The Defense Department is working on the congressionally mandated Quadrennial Defense Review, which it will send...

Base-closing commission gets underway with briefing on threats

May 4, 2005 The Base Realignment and Closure Commission heard broad testimony Tuesday from top intelligence officials on current and future threats to the United States, a first step in a four-month process that ultimately will decide the shape of domestic defense infrastructure. "This is all part of the process to absorb information,...

Base closure panel begins four-month deliberations

May 3, 2005 Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission Chairman Anthony Principi on Tuesday swore in eight commissioners, officially kicking off four frenzied months of analysis and coast-to-coast travel that might result in major changes at more than 100 domestic military installations. During the first of three sessions planned for Tuesday and Wednesday,...

Lawmakers may seek to stall base closure process

May 3, 2005 As the Defense Base Realignment and Closure Commission gets down to work Tuesday, opponents of the new round of base closings are expected to use the fiscal 2006 defense authorization bill to attempt to stall or upset the process, according to congressional sources. Potential tactics to thwart the commission include...

Air Force official concerned about weapon systems costs

April 28, 2005 Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. John Jumper on Thursday voiced concern about the growing cost of weapons systems, calling for a more "effects-based" programming system that would foster industry competition and encourage the development of multi-use equipment capable of tackling several missions at once. During remarks at the Heritage...

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