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Fiscal Showdown

When the Defense Bill Collides With 'Extraneous' Politics

The Pentagon authorization measure always has to sail through controversy before passage. But this year's fight over budgeting is especially tough.

Why John McCain Thinks the Days of Fighter Pilots Are Over

The Senate Armed Services Committee chairman sees a drone-heavy future, but only if the military-industrial complex can be nimble enough to achieve it.

Meet the Armed Services Committee's Minority Staff

Elizabeth King's experience navigating the Pentagon from both Congress and the administration makes her the perfect fit for Jack Reed.

Meet the Armed Services Committee's Majority Staff

During floor debate, Christian Brose is literally John McCain's right-hand man.

Between the House and Senate, a Nuclear Weapons Gap

McCain's defense bill is less aggressive on missile defense and nuclear development than the House measure is.

Most in the Military Get No Retirement-Savings Help. That Could Be Changing.

Under the current system, personnel who serve 20-plus years get a pension. But what about everyone else?

Pentagon Procurement Could See Dramatic Changes

McCain plan would make specific people responsible for cost overruns.

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