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Aerospace team urges tanker performance over content

September 19, 2007 The American-European aerospace team seeking to win the massive Air Force airborne tanker contract and the lawmaker whose district would benefit from it argued Tuesday that aircraft performance, not domestic content, should be the deciding factor. Using the criteria of who has the "optimal" commercial airliner and the best ability...

Minus provisions on Iraq forces, panel passes Defense bill

September 11, 2007 The Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee on Tuesday approved a $495.3 billion funding bill that would provide less than President Bush requested but avoided any provisions on the status of U.S. forces in Iraq in an effort to allow congressional approval before the new fiscal year begins. The bill includes a...

Republicans challenge GAO assessment of Iraq progress

September 5, 2007 Unable to dispute the lack of political movement in Iraq, Republicans on the House Armed Services Committee on Wednesday challenged the overall value of the Government Accountability Office's assessment of the 18 benchmarks of progress and quibbled over its evaluation of whether the surge of U.S. troops has reduced violence....

Rumsfeld faces House oversight panel on Tillman death

August 1, 2007 Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld told a House investigative committee Wednesday he did not learn that Army Cpl. Patrick Tillman, a former professional football star turned Army Ranger, was killed in Afghanistan by friendly fire until nearly a month later and does not recall ever discussing that with anyone in...

Frustrations raised over delays in frequent traveler program

August 1, 2007 Members of a House Homeland Security subcommittee and private-sector proponents of the Registered Traveler program expressed frustration Tuesday that the widely touted effort to ease airport security delays for frequent flyers has made so little progress. One provider of the service and Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., blamed bureaucratic obstacles...

GAO criticizes Defense combat supply operations

July 11, 2007 Despite years of efforts to establish an efficient multiservice logistics system, the U.S. military still lacks a comprehensive strategy for joint supply operations in combat, cannot account for more than 54,000 shipping containers sent to Iraq and Afghanistan and is hindered by multiple computer systems that cannot exchange data. And...

Panel moves to help State handle influx of passport requests

June 28, 2007 The Senate Foreign Affairs Committee acted Wednesday to give the State Department some help in tackling the massive backlog in passport requests triggered by homeland security legislation that requires U.S. citizens to have passport to return from visits to Mexico, Canada and the Caribbean. The committee approved on a voice...

Space exploration proponents regroup to fight for resources

June 18, 2007 The first round of the expected fight between congressional supporters of NASA's space exploration programs and the advocates of more terrestrially focused efforts was won easily by the earth science enthusiasts. But the upcoming rounds might get a bit tougher. Cuts in manned space activities in the omnibus fiscal 2007...

Doubts remain over management of Coast Guard fleet upgrade

June 13, 2007 Members of the House panel overseeing the Coast Guard universally praised the commandant, Adm. Thad Allen, Tuesday for his moves to take control of the troubled Deepwater acquisition program, but expressed concerns that the service did not have enough trained procurement specialists to successfully manage the complex $24 billion effort....

Defense orders overhaul of troubled fighting vehicle program

June 7, 2007 Responding to a huge cost jump and persistent reliability problems in one of the Marine Corps' most important acquisition programs, the Pentagon has ordered a major restructuring that will change the contractor's payments, impose significantly greater government supervision and delay operational availability for at least four years, officials announced Thursday....

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