Thomas Duffy

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Daily News | February 27, 2007

A senior German defense official has asked Pentagon officials not to make any changes to the Medium Extended Air Defense System, warning that costs could rise and that the development of a second interceptor missile could be jeopardized if funding cuts are implemented.

Daily News | January 30, 2007

At the prompting of the Defense Department's inspector general, the Army will determine whether a warfighting need exists for the second version of a new mortar-launched weapon, according to a newly released IG report. Developing this version will cost the Army up to $26 million.

Daily News | November 13, 2006

The incoming chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee said today that Pentagon acquisition reform will be near the top of the panel's agenda when Democrats take control of the chamber next year, and many of the reforms pursued by Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) will likely continue.

Daily News | November 8, 2006

Rep. Ike Skelton (D-MO), expected to become the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee when Democrats take over the House of Representatives next January, said today he will resurrect the oversight and investigations subcommittee that was eliminated after Republicans took leadership of the House in 1994.

Daily News | August 17, 2006

In a few weeks, the State Department could send a team of diplomats and aid officials to Lebanon to help with reconstruction and civil support following that country's recent war with Israel as part of a new joint program with the Defense Department, a senior State Department official said today.

Daily News | February 6, 2006

The Bush administration has sent Congress a $439.3 billion defense budget for fiscal year 2007 that makes large investments in defense language programs, special operations forces and unmanned air vehicles, which the White House believes are key to waging war against terrorists around the world.

Daily News | November 29, 2005

Congress needs to take "ownership" of the Pentagon's missile defense mission by considering it a core competency for national security similar to naval, air and land power, the head of an influential Pentagon review board said today.

Daily News | October 5, 2005

If the Senate fails to pass a defense authorization bill this year, the stature of the Senate Armed Services Committee would be dealt a severe blow and its standing in the chamber could begin to shrink, the panel's ranking Democrat said today.

Daily News | October 4, 2005

Senior Navy budget officials will build a six-year spending plan covering fiscal years 2008 through 2013 around two central tenets: a balanced force that "delivers the right people with the right skills at the right time to the right place," and a shipbuilding plan that reflects a recently completed review of the service's force structure, according to an internal Navy memo.

Daily News | April 5, 2005

The Bush administration has laid out plans for placing kinetic-energy interceptors in space to defend the United States from attack by ballistic missiles, a controversial move that is expected to be closely scrutinized by Congress.

Daily News | April 4, 2005

A three-man independent review team that examined the Missile Defense Agency's national missile defense system following two recent unsuccessful tests delivered its findings to MDA Director Lt. Gen. Henry Obering March 31, an agency spokesman told April 1.

Daily News | March 9, 2005

The head of the Pentagon's missile defense programs is forming an outside review board to look at why two recent tests of the Bush administration's multibillion-dollar national missile defense program had to be scrubbed because of minor problems involving ground support equipment.

Daily News | February 14, 2005

An interceptor missile designed to destroy ballistic missiles in flight failed to launch during a planned test of the Bush administration's multibillion-dollar missile defense system, the Missile Defense Agency announced today.

Daily News | February 9, 2005

The Army plans to hire an independent accounting firm to conduct a clean audit of how it has spent the money given to the service to fight the global war on terrorism.

Daily News | February 7, 2005

The Missile Defense Agency plans to severely cut back its effort to build a land-based Kinetic Energy Interceptor that can destroy ballistic missiles during their early, boost phase of flight, slicing $800 million from the program's budget in fiscal year 2006 and shelving international participation for at least two years, a senior Defense Department official said Feb. 4.

Daily News | February 4, 2005

The Missile Defense Agency will tell Congress next week it plans to delay choosing an overseas launch site for the Ground-based Midcourse Defense program being developed to protect the United States from ballistic missile attacks, according to several industry sources familiar with MDA's fiscal year 2006 budget plan.

Daily News | January 28, 2005

The Navy announced today that Lockheed Martin has been awarded a $1.7 billion contract to build a new fleet of presidential helicopters.

Daily News | January 26, 2005

Following Sunday's elections in Iraq, the Bush administration will look to shift the role of U.S. forces in Iraq away from providing security and toward training more Iraqi troops to assume greater security responsibilities, a senior Defense Department official said today.

Daily News | December 14, 2004

The top Democrat on the Senate Armed Services Committee said today that the committee will soon examine the thorny issue of whether troops deployed in Iraq have enough armored humvees and trucks, an issue several committee members discussed with military officials during a recent trip to Baghdad.

Daily News | November 3, 2004

The Navy's top acquisition official late last month approved a new department-wide policy governing the use of digital formats for new technical data and for converting existing technical documents to digital format.

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