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Resource shortages not limited to reserve units

May 16, 2007 Defense Department financial officials conceded Wednesday they are not providing National Guard and Reserve units the funding and resources they need to meet the huge increase in their operational demands due to the war on terrorism. But they told the commission studying the status of those forces that they also...

House subcommittee votes to roll back parts of Defense personnel system

May 8, 2007 The House Armed Services Readiness Subcommittee voted Tuesday to roll back parts of the new National Security Personnel System, enacted to replace the civil service system at the Defense Department. Readiness Subcommittee Chairman Solomon Ortiz, D-Texas, said the legislation would restore employee's collective bargaining rights and access to an appeal...

Panels give special ops, Navy more procurement funding

May 3, 2007 The House Armed Services Terrorism Subcommittee agreed Thursday to provide an additional $85 million to the U.S. Special Operations Command to pay for needed equipment left out of the Bush administration's fiscal 2008 defense budget request in February. Meanwhile, the House Armed Services Seapower and Expeditionary Forces Subcommittee unanimously approved...

House panels trim missile defense, exceed personnel requests

May 3, 2007 The House Armed Services Strategic Forces Subcommittee agreed unanimously Wednesday to carve $764 million from the Pentagon's $8.9 billion fiscal 2008 budget request for missile defense programs, setting the stage for a battle with Republicans when the full committee marks up the annual defense authorization bill next week. As part...

Subcommittee clears bill to step up screening of airport workers

April 25, 2007 Alarmed by a number of recent incidents of criminal activity by airport workers, a House Homeland Security subcommittee Tuesday unanimously approved legislation ordering the Transportation Security Administration to conduct tests of different ways to require security screening for employees entering secure areas of airports. The Homeland Security Transportation, Security and...

House panel mulls stalled progress on biodefense program

April 19, 2007 A House Homeland Security panel Wednesday voiced bipartisan concern that legislation intended to accelerate the production of defenses against chemical, biological or radiological terrorist attacks has done little to make the nation safer, six years after anthrax-laced letters killed five people and paralyzed the U.S. Capitol. Homeland Security Emerging Threats...

Panel clears 2008 budget proposal over GOP objections

March 16, 2007 On a straight party-line vote, the Senate Budget Committee approved a fiscal 2008 budget resolution Thursday, after rejecting by similar partisan splits 10 Republican amendments, most of which were attempts to curtail spending or prevent tax increases. The 12-11 final vote for the Democratic-drafted measure sets the stage for what...

Military chiefs defend veterans' care, shipbuilding costs

March 1, 2007 Navy and Marine Corps leaders on Thursday had to respond to concerns from House Armed Services Committee members over the care of combat-wounded personnel and problems with several of their key procurement programs. The questions posed to Navy Secretary Donald Winter, Chief of Naval Operations Michael Mullen and Marine Corps...

NASA's budget might delay space shuttle replacement

March 1, 2007 The Senate's first review of NASA's fiscal 2008 budget request Wednesday focused on the agency's fiscal 2007 funding, which NASA Administrator Michael Griffin warned would delay development of the space shuttle. Griffin told the Senate Commerce Space Subcommittee that because the recently completed continuing resolution cut manned space spending by...

Air Force leaders argue need to retire old aircraft

February 28, 2007 Air Force leaders made another appeal Wednesday for the authority to retire scores of their oldest aircraft that they said cost $1.7 billion a year to maintain, money that could be used to buy urgently needed new planes. The appeal by Air Force Secretary Michael Wynne and Air Force Chief...

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