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Wash Post Pentagon Procurement

The Defense Department's process for acquiring weapons and other equipment has been rocked by recent scandals and the scrutiny of the "revolving door" that can benefit former Pentagon officials.


US role in Libya costs hundreds of millions so far

Wed, 23 Mar 2011 17:22:34 EDT

WASHINGTON -- Stretched thin by two wars, the U.S. military is spending upward of $1 billion in an international assault to destroy Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's air defenses and save rebels from likely defeat, according to analysts and a rough calculation of the military operation so far.

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Report criticizes defense agency's auditing

Mon, 21 Mar 2011 10:18:00 EDT

Internal oversight of Defense Logistics Agency activity falls short.

AP News in Brief

Sun, 20 Mar 2011 18:19:50 EDT

-- Gadhafi vows 'long war' as US, allies pound his forces from air and sea

Pentagon overpaid oilman millions, audit finds

Fri, 18 Mar 2011 14:38:00 EDT

A Pentagon audit has found that the federal government overpaid a billionaire oilman by as much as $200 million on several military contracts worth nearly $2.7 billion.

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Senate to send 3-week funding bill to Obama

Thu, 17 Mar 2011 03:18:10 EDT

WASHINGTON -- A divided Congress is about to send President Barack Obama a stopgap funding bill to keep the government open for three more weeks in hopes that budget talks between the White House and Republicans in charge of the House start to bear fruit.

Tricare target of Pentagon cuts as health care projected to reach $65B

Wed, 16 Mar 2011 10:31:00 EDT

Among government workers, one group enjoys lifetime health benefits virtually unmatched in the United States: military retirees.

Tricare target of Pentagon cuts as health care projected to reach $65B

Tue, 15 Mar 2011 12:58:01 EDT

Among government workers, one group enjoys lifetime health benefits virtually unmatched in the United States: military retirees.

Now 'good enough' wins the defense contract

Sun, 13 Mar 2011 23:44:02 EDT

The Air Force's decision late last month to award the long-contested, $35 billion aerial refueling tanker program to Boeing ended a competition that had been fraught with controversy. But analysts say the decision may have sent another message to the contracting community: The government isn't ne...

Pentagon cancer research budget comes under scrutiny

Sat, 12 Mar 2011 14:44:01 EST

As the Pentagon seeks to trim spending, there are some programs Congress believes the military can't do without. Among them: cancer research.

U.S. defense leaders warn of no-fly-zone risks

Wed, 02 Mar 2011 00:18:00 EST

U.S. defense leaders expressed caution Tuesday about military intervention in Libya, warning that enforcement of a no-fly zone would require scarce air assets, domestic political approval and international authorization.

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Boeing wins $35 billion contract to supply new aerial refueling tankers

Fri, 25 Feb 2011 00:42:00 EST

The Pentagon awarded Boeing a $35 billion contract Thursday for a new-generation aerial refueling tanker, after a decade-long battle between the U.S.-based aircraft manufacturer and Europe's largest aerospace company.

Marines' amphibious vehicle program could end under House budget plan

Sun, 20 Feb 2011 23:34:01 EST

The House has approved legislation that could permit termination of the Marine Corps' multibillion-dollar amphibious Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle, giving Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates a victory in his attempt to reduce Pentagon spending on costly or unneeded programs.

The GOP's defense budget mystery

Sun, 13 Feb 2011 00:00:00 EST

Current defense spending cannot be defended until it is understood.

Defense officials warn of crisis unless Congress approves 2011 funding bill

Sat, 12 Feb 2011 21:48:01 EST

While the Obama administration is set to release its 2012 budget request Monday, Congress still has not approved a final 2011 budget for the military. Now the Pentagon is warning that it faces a crisis situation.

Gates says Pentagon faces spending 'crisis,' blames Congress for potential cuts

Thu, 27 Jan 2011 17:40:00 EST

OTTAWA - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said the Pentagon is facing a spending "crisis" and could be forced to make immediate cuts in training and operations because Congress has failed to approve a final budget for the military this year.

Lawmakers grill Pentagon officials on defense spending cuts

Wed, 26 Jan 2011 19:56:00 EST

A day after President Obama pressed Congress for spending reductions in his State of the Union address , House Republicans and Democrats challenged some of Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates's plans to cut $78 billion from the Pentagon budget over the next five years.

Ike was right: Defense spending must be cut

Wed, 26 Jan 2011 00:00:00 EST

In this season of budget politics, defense spending must be cut.

U.S. troop rollbacks may not stave off calls for more Pengaton cuts

Sun, 09 Jan 2011 18:53:01 EST

The Pentagon's plan to shrink the size of the Army and Marine Corps for the first time in two decades is unlikely to stave off pressure to impose deeper cuts as U.S. troops pull out of Iraq and Afghanistan, according to defense officials and analysts.

Gates wants to drop $14 billion Marine landing-craft program

Wed, 05 Jan 2011 22:54:01 EST

A long-troubled $14 billion program to build a landing craft for the Marine Corps is destined for the chopping block, defense officials and analysts said Wednesday, part of $100 billion in savings that Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates has pledged to squeeze from the Pentagon's budget.

U.S.-funded infrastructure deteriorates once under Afghan control, report says

Tue, 04 Jan 2011 00:19:00 EST

Roads, canals and schools built in Afghanistan as part of a special U.S. military program are crumbling under Afghan stewardship, despite new steps imposed over the past year to ensure reconstruction money is not being wasted, according to government reports and interviews with military and civilian personnel.

Senate panel ban on stock for appointees but not itself seen as double standard

Sat, 18 Dec 2010 17:12:00 EST

Gordon R. England's appointment to a top Pentagon post in 2006 came at a high price. The Senate committee overseeing his confirmation demanded that he give up lucrative stocks and options he held in companies that do business with the military.

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Consensus is forming on what steps to take in cutting the deficit

Mon, 22 Nov 2010 00:47:00 EST

After an election dominated by vague demands for less debt and smaller government, the sacrifices necessary to achieve those goals are coming into sharp focus. Big cuts at the Pentagon. Higher taxes, including those on home ownership and health care. Smaller Social Security checks and higher Medi...

National intelligence director says budget will be moved from Pentagon control

Tue, 02 Nov 2010 20:55:01 EDT

NEW ORLEANS - Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper Jr. said Tuesday that he has won a "conceptual agreement" to remove the $53 billion national intelligence budget from Pentagon control and place it under his purview by 2013, as part of an effort to enhance his authority over the U.S....

Auditors: Is US overselling diplomacy in Iraq?

Tue, 02 Nov 2010 18:59:44 EDT

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration could be overstating what U.S. diplomats can do to contain Iraq's ethnic and sectarian tensions without U.S. military forces, a State Department audit concluded Tuesday, raising fresh concerns about the planned pullout of American troops next year.

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Pentagon plans $60 billion weapons sale to Saudi Arabia

Thu, 21 Oct 2010 00:58:00 EDT

The Defense Department has notified Congress that it wants to sell $60 billion worth of advanced aircraft and weapons to Saudi Arabia. The proposed sale, which includes helicopters, fighter jets, radar equipment and satellite-guided bombs, would be the largest arms deal to another country in U.S....

Britain announces major military cutbacks

Tue, 19 Oct 2010 18:00:00 EDT

LONDON - Washington's closest ally unveiled its deepest military cuts since the end of the Cold War, with a cash-strapped Britain announcing Tuesday that it will withdraw thousands of troops from continental Europe, decommission warships, mothball an entire class of fighter jets and delay upgrad...

Pentagon cuts are just a preview of what's to come

Mon, 04 Oct 2010 22:58:00 EDT

The bipartisan uproar in Congress caused by Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates's attempt to reduce excess Pentagon spending by eliminating the no-longer-needed Joint Forces Command in Virginia is just a preview of the battle that will occur next year when the country awakens to the drastic measure...

For many with stake in Alaska native corporations, promise of better life remains unfulfilled

Thu, 30 Sep 2010 10:53:00 EDT

When Congress established more than 200 Alaska native corporations 40 years ago to provide land and money for indigenous people who had long been mired in deprivation and dislocation, each of the 75,000 original Alaska native shareholders received a stake in one of the new corporations, which held out the promise of economic development and a better life. But the original promise remains largely unfulfilled.

Good intentions aside, should the Pentagon fund cancer research?

Mon, 27 Sep 2010 19:53:01 EDT

Top Pentagon officials are to appear before the Senate and House Armed Services committees Tuesday and Wednesday to support Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates' ambitious effort to reduce Defense Department overhead by $100 billion in the next five years and to eliminate redundant spending.

Is freedom's price too high for the right?

Fri, 24 Sep 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Is freedom's price too high for the right?

Gates starts outlining cuts to save $100 billion for defense

Tue, 14 Sep 2010 15:25:00 EDT

Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates on Tuesday started laying out some details of his plans to save $100 billion over the next five years as he tries to run the Pentagon more efficiently.

Defense cuts could slow D.C. economy for years

Sat, 11 Sep 2010 03:29:00 EDT

After surging in size and profits during the post-9/11 era, the defense industry in metropolitan Washington is bracing for a major contraction and significant layoffs that economists said could produce a drag on the regional economy for years.

One-quarter of Lockheed Martin executives take buyout offer

Thu, 09 Sep 2010 03:21:00 EDT

Bethesda-based contracting giant Lockheed Martin announced Wednesday that more than 600 executives have taken the company up on an early-exit program that provides financial incentives in exchange for leaving.

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One-quarter of Lockheed Martin executives take buyout offer

Wed, 08 Sep 2010 22:24:01 EDT

Bethesda-based contracting giant Lockheed Martin announced Wednesday that more than 600 executives have taken the company up on an early-exit program that provides financial incentives in exchange for leaving.

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Veterans groups and lawmakers suggest that VA take over Arlington Cemetery

Mon, 23 Aug 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Veterans groups and members of Congress are questioning whether management of Arlington National Cemetery should be transferred from the Army to the Department of Veterans Affairs.

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Gates's lonely battle to rationalize the Pentagon

Mon, 16 Aug 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Republicans should heed Robert Gates's latest efforts at reforming the Pentagon.

State Dept. faces skyrocketing costs as it prepares to expand role in Iraq

Wed, 11 Aug 2010 00:00:00 EDT

As the last U.S. combat troops prepare to leave Iraq this month, the State Department is struggling to implement an expanded mission that it has belatedly realized it might not be able to afford.

Defense secretary's planned cuts upset investors and defense contractors

Wed, 11 Aug 2010 00:00:00 EDT

The stock prices of several major government contractors fell Tuesday, a day after Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said he planned to cut spending at the Pentagon.

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U.S. commander stresses importance of funding Iraq security forces

Tue, 10 Aug 2010 11:58:00 EDT

BAGHDAD -- The outgoing commander of U.S. forces in Iraq said Tuesday that Iraqi security forces will continue to rely heavily on American funding as the U.S. troop drawdown accelerates, forcing them to take on more responsibility.

Pentagon to cut thousands of jobs, defense secretary says

Tue, 10 Aug 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said Monday that the Pentagon will cut thousands of jobs, including a substantial chunk of its private contractors and a major military command based in Norfolk, as part of an ongoing effort to streamline its operations and to stave off political pressure to slas...

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Virginia stands to feel the most pain from defense cuts

Tue, 10 Aug 2010 00:00:00 EDT

RICHMOND -- Virginia officials reacted with bipartisan dismay on Monday to Defense Department budget shifts that will cost the state thousands of jobs in coming years and will dramatically impact the economies of the Norfolk area and Northern Virginia.

Navy poised to pick builder of new Littoral Combat Ship this summer

Wed, 04 Aug 2010 00:00:00 EDT

The Navy plans to pick a winner this summer in the contest to build a new high-speed warship that can prowl close to shorelines, a vital part of future military strategy. But whether the service can live up to its promises to build an inexpensive ship that can do a variety of missions remains a b...

Navy poised to pick builder of new Littoral Combat Ship this summer

Tue, 03 Aug 2010 15:55:00 EDT

The Navy plans to pick a winner this summer in the contest to build a new high-speed warship that can prowl close to shorelines as a vital part of future military strategy. But whether the service can live up to its promises to build an inexpensive ship that can do a variety of missions remains a...

Lockheed wins $9 billion deal to supply fighter jets to Canada

Sat, 17 Jul 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Bethesda defense giant Lockheed Martin said Friday that it secured a roughly $9 billion deal to sell the Canadian government 65 of its new fighter jets, a move that industry analysts called a positive sign for one of the company's biggest and most closely watched programs.

In war-funding vote, Democrats cast doubts on Obama's Afghan policy

Fri, 02 Jul 2010 02:11:00 EDT

Democrats in the House begrudgingly approved an additional $37 billion to fund the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan on Thursday, as a growing number of members of President Obama's own party cast doubts about his strategy in Afghanistan.

Pentagon looks for 100 billion in cost savings

Tue, 29 Jun 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Pentagon officials said Monday that they plan to try to cut as much as $100 billion over the next five years out of the billions of dollars spent annually in buying weapons systems and other services from outside contractors.

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U.S. military criticized for purchase of Russian copters for Afghan air corps

Sat, 19 Jun 2010 00:00:00 EDT

The U.S. government is snapping up Russian-made helicopters to form the core of Afghanistan's fledgling air force, a strategy that is drawing flak from members of Congress who want to force the Afghans to fly American choppers instead.

NATO allies poised to slash military budgets; Gates urges other cost savings

Wed, 09 Jun 2010 00:00:00 EDT

LONDON -- European allies are bracing for their deepest cuts in military spending since the end of the Cold War, fueling concerns in Washington that an already wide gap in military power between the United States and the rest of NATO will grow.

Gates: Cuts in Pentagon bureaucracy needed to help maintain military force

Sun, 09 May 2010 00:00:00 EDT

ABILENE, KAN. -- Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates vowed Saturday to lead an effort to cut as much as $15 billion in overhead costs from the Pentagon's $550 billion budget and warned that without the savings, the military will not be able to afford its current force.

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Pentagon asking Congress to hold back on generous increases in troop pay

Sat, 08 May 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Previously unreported internal Ford documents conflict with the finding that only tires were to blame and call into question federal agency's decision not to open a full investigation into Explorer accidents.

Pentagon asking Congress to hold back on generous increases in troop pay

Sat, 08 May 2010 00:00:00 EDT

The Pentagon, not usually known for its frugality, is pleading with Congress to stop spending so much money on the troops.

Pentagon planning more oversight of war-zone contractors

Tue, 20 Apr 2010 00:00:00 EDT

The Defense Department said Monday that it plans to improve oversight of contractors in Afghanistan and Iraq by hiring more contracting specialists and providing additional training to government employees who supervise work performed by outside firms.

GAO analyst says cost overruns, delays continue to plague F-35 program

Fri, 12 Mar 2010 00:00:00 EST

A congressional auditor said Thursday that the Joint Strike Fighter, the Pentagon's most expensive weapons program, "continues to struggle with increased costs and slowed progress," leading to "substantial risk" that the defense contractor will not be able to build the jet on time or deliver as many...

Northrop halts pursuit of tanker contract

Tue, 09 Mar 2010 00:00:00 EST

Defense giant Northrop Grumman said Monday that it is pulling out of the $40 billion competition to build aerial refueling tankers for the Air Force, a move that defense analysts and procurement specialists say leaves its rival Boeing as the likely winner.

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Obama 2011 budget request: Defense Department

Mon, 01 Feb 2010 12:17:57 EST

The Pentagon will get a 3.4 percent boost to its regular budget plus extra money for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to the Obama administration's spending plans for 2011.

Draft Defense Department budget avoids weapons cuts, adds aircraft

Sat, 30 Jan 2010 00:00:00 EST

The Obama administration's 2011 defense budget avoids the controversial weapons cuts of last year, according to a draft copy, and continues to shift modest amounts of money to weapons programs such as helicopters, unmanned planes and Special Operations units that are in heavy use Afghanistan and...

Lockheed Martin to cut 1,200 jobs as Pentagon work slows

Thu, 07 Jan 2010 00:00:00 EST

Defense contractor Lockheed Martin of Bethesda said that it plans to cut 1,200 employees by the spring as it consolidates two of its business units and that it foresees a slowdown in its upcoming work from the Pentagon.

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Pentagon contract saves jobs at Wisconsin truckmaker Oshkosh Corp.

Sat, 19 Dec 2009 00:00:00 EST

OSHKOSH, WIS. -- Just as the recession was threatening the Oshkosh Corp. with ruin, after builders stopped ordering drywall lifters and cement mixers, and cities stopped buying fire engines and garbage trucks, the little-known specialty truck company went after a long-shot Pentagon contract.

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Army contractor in Iraq is warned to cut workforce

Tue, 03 Nov 2009 00:00:00 EST

The Army's primary support contractor in Iraq has been warned by Pentagon auditors to cut its workforce there or face nearly $200 million in penalties for keeping thousands too many on the payroll.

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Audit finds that Iraq contractor overcharged for repair parts

Fri, 30 Oct 2009 00:00:00 EDT

A defense contractor that supplied vehicle parts for the Iraqi army sought reimbursements from the U.S. military far in excess of the cost of the items, according to a new report by the special inspector general for Iraq reconstruction.

Washington Sketch: Defense spending bill is exercise in waste on want-not

Thu, 29 Oct 2009 00:00:00 EDT

Not quite three weeks ago, President Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize. On Wednesday afternoon, he put his signature on the largest military spending plan in the history of the world.

Shelving of Missile Defense Reflected Military's Concerns

Mon, 21 Sep 2009 00:00:00 EDT

Call it another revolt of the generals. More than 13 years ago, the nation's military leaders told civilian defense officials they wanted to limit spending on missile defenses and to emphasize the protection of forces deployed overseas over defense of the American homeland against a long-range mi...

Obama Defends Afghanistan Policy Before Veterans

Tue, 18 Aug 2009 00:00:00 EDT

PHOENIX, Aug. 17 -- President Obama on Monday defended his administration's new approach to the fierce fighting that rages in Afghanistan, calling it "not only a war worth fighting" but also one that "is fundamental to the defense of our people."

A $191 Million Question

Fri, 07 Aug 2009 00:00:00 EDT

He called her Princess. She called him Bubba. They got together whenever they could, sailing on the Chesapeake Bay, traveling to business conferences, taking long walks. They exchanged e-mails night and day.

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Despite Obama's Objections, House Appropriators Seem Intent on Earmarks

Thu, 30 Jul 2009 00:00:00 EDT

The Democratic-controlled House is poised to give the Pentagon dozens of new ships, planes, helicopters and armored vehicles that Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates says the military does not need to fund next year, acting in many cases in response to defense industry pressures and campaign...

Senate Votes to End Production of Controversial F-22 Fighter

Wed, 22 Jul 2009 00:00:00 EDT

The Senate voted Tuesday to kill the nation's premier fighter-jet program, embracing by a 58 to 40 margin the argument of President Obama and his top military advisers that more F-22s are not needed for the nation's defense and would be a costly drag on the Pentagon's budget in an era of small wars...

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High-Priced F-22 Fighter Has Major Shortcomings

Fri, 10 Jul 2009 00:00:00 EDT

The United States' top fighter jet, the Lockheed Martin F-22, has recently required more than 30 hours of maintenance for every hour in the skies, pushing its hourly cost of flying to more than $44,000, a far higher figure than for the warplane it replaces, confidential Pentagon test results show.

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At General Dynamics, Chief Leaves a Legacy Of Nailing the Numbers

Mon, 22 Jun 2009 00:00:00 EDT

When Nicholas D. Chabraja, a former Chicago trial lawyer, took over running General Dynamics 12 years ago, the giant defense contractor had $4 billion in sales, 29,000 employees and pretty simple businesses -- one made tanks, another made nuclear submarines.

Demise of Helicopter Program Means Hundreds of Jobs Lost in Owego, N.Y.

Sun, 21 Jun 2009 00:00:00 EDT

OWEGO, N.Y. -- When the U.S. military announced in 2005 that it would commission the next generation of presidential helicopters to be built here, this hard-luck area in New York's industrial Southern Tier rejoiced.

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Senate Approves War Funding Bill After Obama Presses Democrats

Fri, 19 Jun 2009 00:00:00 EDT

A war funding bill passed the Senate overwhelmingly yesterday, but the 91 to 5 vote came after a fractured process that included objections from Republicans and Democrats alike, and required President Obama to intervene repeatedly to lobby members of his own party for his foreign policy vision.

Obama's Pentagon Budget: Not Enough for Defense

Wed, 10 Jun 2009 00:00:00 EDT

The president must set more defense money aside to support national security.

Lower Oil Prices Lead Iraqi Security Forces to Cut Payrolls, Halt Key Purchases

Wed, 20 May 2009 00:00:00 EDT

BAGHDAD -- Reeling from a sharp drop in oil prices, Iraq's security forces are trimming bloated payrolls and will be unable to purchase ships and aircraft that Iraqi officials had hoped would allow the country to develop a basic ability to fend off external threats by 2012, the United States'...

Pentagon's Gates Keeps Single-Minded Focus on Dual Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan

Fri, 15 May 2009 00:00:00 EDT

On a rainy night in March, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates traveled to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware to witness the military's ritual for welcoming home its war dead.

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White House Proposes Cuts in Military Recruiting Budget

Mon, 11 May 2009 00:00:00 EDT

Citing the Pentagon's recent success in meeting its manpower needs, the Obama administration is proposing to cut the Defense Department's budget for recruiting by nearly $800 million, or 11 percent, for 2010.

Pentagon Budget Devotes More To Afghanistan War Than to Iraq

Fri, 08 May 2009 00:00:00 EDT

Afghanistan war funding surpasses the outlay for Iraq for the first time in next year's proposed Pentagon budget, demonstrating a shift in priorities that Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates seeks to execute in defense spending.

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Senate Approves Bill to Overhaul Defense Procurement

Fri, 08 May 2009 00:00:00 EDT

The Senate unanimously approved legislation yesterday to overhaul Pentagon procurement practices in an effort to prevent billions of dollars in cost overruns and block misspending on weapons that do not meet pressing military needs.

Democrats Assail Obama's Hit List

Fri, 08 May 2009 00:00:00 EDT

President Obama's modest proposal to slice $17 billion from 121 government programs quickly ran into a buzz saw of opposition on Capitol Hill yesterday, as an array of Democratic lawmakers vowed to fight White House efforts to deprive their favorite initiatives of federal funds.

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