Advisory group will recommend against cascading procurements.
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Survey fails, however, to capture large number of veterans without access to care.
Faster damage assessments, unified command and control structure to coordinate multiple agencies’ efforts, are needed, Defense officials say.
Observers call exercise an important step, say it was more extensive than past incident-response drills.
Michael Brown also says he was frustrated by Homeland Security Department bureaucracy and focus on terrorist threats.
The president wants annual pay raises to be divided three ways: a general increase, locality differentials and special pay to address recruitment and retention needs.
Congress may prove reluctant to enact key fee hikes incorporated into the 2007 budget, leaving money even tighter than it appears.
Department proposal seeks to avoid interference with military training and testing.