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Lawmakers criticize federal officials on emergency response communications

FCC accused of lack of urgency on interoperability issues.

Pentagon fine-tunes personnel reforms

Final regulations limit power to override collective bargaining.

Pentagon mobility study unlikely to impact budget

Comprehensive review seeks to define mix of aircraft and ships needed to transport troops to hotspots worldwide.

Bill makes DHS secretary eligible for presidential succession

House panel backs plan to place secretary of Homeland Security eighth in line to succeed president.

Homeland Security to expand biometric visitor tracking system

Critics say administration is moving too slowly on other border security initiatives.

Bird flu fears raise quarantine questions

President Bush has suggested a military-enforced quarantine in the event of a pandemic, but the idea gives others pause.

Air Force rejects benefits for 'Air America' employees

Pilots for CIA-run secret airline who flew clandestine missions in Southeast Asia had sought retirement benefits.

Base closures now face little opposition

Joint resolution disapproving independent base-closing commission's final recommendations attracts support of only a handful of House members.

After Katrina, Justice weighs changes to wireless communications upgrade

Solicitation for Integrated Wireless Network moves forward, but hurricane prompts review of requirements.

Concerns linger about plan to bring overseas-based troops home

An independent commission has raised questions about the Pentagon's effort to transform the military into a more expeditionary force based in the United States.