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Armed Services chair pushes new 'buy American' provision

May 12, 2004 House Armed Services Committee Chairman Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., is expected to include a provision in the chairman's markup of the fiscal 2005 defense authorization measure Wedensday that could restrict the Pentagon's ability to buy technology and defense services from foreign companies whose governments require U.S. firms to assist their defense...

Air Force tanker controversy prompts changes, probes

May 7, 2004 As part of its fiscal 2005 defense authorization bill, the Senate Armed Services Committee would require the Pentagon's inspector general to investigate aspects of the Pentagon's $23.5 billion plan to acquire 100 Boeing 767 refueling tankers. Pentagon officials are mulling a decision about whether to proceed with the tanker lease...

House panel votes for two-year delay of base closings

May 6, 2004 The House Armed Services Readiness Subcommittee Thursday approved a two-year delay of the next round of military base closings. Marking up a part of the fiscal 2005 defense authorization bill, the panel added language to require the Defense Department to provide Congress with a handful of studies by the end...

Senate intelligence panel approves authorization bill

May 5, 2004 Emphasizing the need to revamp intelligence programs and provide additional resources for the global war on terrorism, the Senate Intelligence Committee Thursday approved the fiscal 2005 intelligence authorization act. Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan., said the bill takes an important step to improve oversight of the intelligence community...

New attack plane faces cuts as defense bill takes shape

May 5, 2004 Several new proposals for trimming spending on key, but increasingly costly, weapons systems emerged Tuesday from a Senate Armed Services Air-Land Subcommittee markup of portions of the fiscal 2005 defense authorization bill. Among them is a plan to cut as much as $300 million from the F/A-22 fighter attack plane,...

Senator insists budget absorb increases in troop strength

May 4, 2004 The Senate Armed Services Committee began marking up its fiscal 2005 defense authorization bill on Tuesday and Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., said he will urge that the cost of increasing the Army's active-duty troop levels and funding additional equipment for operations in Iraq be paid for through the regular budget...

New stealth fighter plagued by overheating

April 30, 2004 The F/A-22 Raptor is outfitted with the most sophisticated components available, but as the Air Force's new stealth fighter enters operational testing this month, those advanced technologies could cause a serious glitch: overheating the jet as it idles on the runway. Air Force acquisition chief Marvin Sambur said recent adjustments...

Pentagon urged to consider R&D in base closings

April 29, 2004 Rep. Heather Wilson, R-N.M., introduced a bill Wednesday that would require the Pentagon to consider the military value of research, development and testing facilities in the next round of base closings. The factors would be included among the Pentagon's official criteria for choosing which installations to retain in the 2005...

House committee ponders approach to base closings

April 28, 2004 As the time for the fiscal 2005 defense authorization markup approaches, the House Armed Services Committee is mulling its approach to the Pentagon's upcoming base realignment and closure round. Observers say that if Republican members do not take a proactive stance on the BRAC process, they risk generating bipartisan support...

Dems target missile defense funds to boost troop strength

April 27, 2004 With pressure mounting on Capitol Hill to fund more troops and equipment in Iraq, some Democratic lawmakers are eyeing the president's $10.2 billion missile defense request as a vehicle to offset such costs. Rep. Ellen Tauscher, D-Calif., said it would play into her plans to boost the Army's strength by...