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  • First-Term Senators to Lead Armed Services’ Readiness Panel

    Sens. Claire McCaskill (D) of Missouri and Kelly Ayotte (R) of New Hampshire today were named as chair and ranking member, respectively, of the Senate Armed Services’ Readiness and Management Support Subcommittee. McCaskill was elected to the Senate in 2006, and previously served on the readiness subcommittee. She replaces Evan Bayh …

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  • Next Stop: A New Stopgap Spending Bill

    With little optimism that lawmakers will reach agreement on a full-year fiscal 2011 spending bill over the next several weeks, House leaders have begun to craft another short-term continuing resolution to fund the federal government after the current one expires March 18. The sixth stopgap spending measure of the year likely will run for three weeks and cut $6 billion from current funding levels …

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  • McCain to Take up Defense Spending Bill Mantle

    Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) Wednesday vowed to introduce a full-year fiscal 2011 defense funding measure as an amendment to the next short-term continuing resolution (CR) brought to the Senate floor. “If needed, I will amend any new short-term CR to restore the full amount of defense funding that the Pentagon has repeatedly requested and that our men and women in uniform desperately need for this year,” McCain said …

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  • Changing Aberdeen’s Footprint, Transforming its Mission

    Amid dozens of BRAC recommendations intended to transform the military’s infrastructure as well as its missions, the changes occurring at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., are particularly notable, according to a two-part series this week by DOD’s American Forces Press Service. On the infrastructure side, the 2005 round is bringing significant growth — more than 6,500 people and $1 billion in construction — as well as a large-scale plan to demolish World War I-era and World War II-era buildings …

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