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Acquisition reform bill clears House panel

April 21, 2010 The House Armed Services Committee Wednesday unanimously approved legislation intended to save the taxpayers billions of dollars by increasing efficiency and accountability on the Defense Department's massive acquisition process. The measure, approved 56-0, would require the Pentagon to establish better accountability systems "to ensure we get the best value for...

Air Force chief open to extending tanker deadline

March 30, 2010 The Air Force's top officer Tuesday signaled his willingness to back an extension of the deadline for submitting bids for a new airborne refueling aircraft to allow time for a possible competitor to Boeing for the multibillion-dollar program. But Gen. Norton Schwartz, Air Force chief of staff, said no decision...

Officials outline missile defense goals

March 22, 2010 Top Defense officials on Monday reaffirmed the Obama administration's commitment to an "effective ballistic missile defense" capability and rejected any idea of abolishing the Missile Defense Agency and transferring its functions to the different armed services. The officials also emphasized the need to extend the "phased adaptive approach" of regional...

Marines storm the Hill seeking equal billing with Navy

February 26, 2010 A quiet, nine-year effort to give the Marine Corps equal billing in the Navy Department went high profile on Thursday with a Capitol Hill news conference featuring retired Marine generals, a wounded Marine, parents of Marines and a Hollywood star. The event was aimed at giving momentum to a perennial...

Marines, Navy cite urgent 'reset' needs

February 25, 2010 The shortage of maintenance funds and its impact on Navy and Marine Corps readiness became an issue during a budget hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee Thursday, with the Marines' top officer noting particular shortfalls in equipment at home that could limit the ability to respond to any new...

Lawmakers criticize shipbuilding budget

February 24, 2010 Navy leaders and members of the House Armed Services Committee had very different views Wednesday on the adequacy of the Navy's long-term shipbuilding plan, with panel leaders and members from both parties calling the proposed fiscal 2011 funding insufficient to build the fleet needed. Although Navy Secretary Ray Mabus and...

Army resists immediate end to gay ban

February 23, 2010 Personnel issues dominated the Senate Armed Services Committee's review of the Army fiscal 2011 budget on Tuesday, with senators focusing on possible increases in troop levels and the likely repeal of the "don't ask, don't tell" policy on gays in the military. Senators also had questions about plans to leave...

House panel: Defense review lacks priorities

February 5, 2010 The 2010 Quadrennial Defense Review received a chilly reception Thursday from the House Armed Services Committee, with members from both parties complaining that it lacks clear priorities and calls for too few forces to meet the future threats and missions envisioned. House Armed Services Committee Chairman Ike Skelton, D-Mo., called...

Defense chief continues push to 'rebalance' U.S. military forces

February 2, 2010 A major factor in shaping the 2010 Quadrennial Defense Review was the realization that the complexity of the current security environment and the uncertainty of future threats requires the nation to have "a broad portfolio of military capabilities with maximum versatility across the widest possible spectrum of conflicts," Defense Secretary...

Problems remain in Homeland Security oversight

January 26, 2010 Congress' failure to act on the 9/11 Commission's recommendation to reform and sharply simplify the overlapping maze of 17 congressional committees claiming jurisdiction over homeland security is the biggest problem remaining since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the co-chairmen of the panel said Tuesday. Former New Jersey Gov. Tom...

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