A Defense Authorization Bill …. Is That Asking Too Much?: Well, it looks like the answer is “yes.” According to Sen. John Warner (R-Va.), the issue of whether the full Senate takes up the 2006 defense authorization measure is “not a closed door.” He told reporters last week that he is working with Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) to figure out how to get the bill moving. It’s high time and then some. (DR, 09/21/05)
The U.S. supports “a stronger and more capable” European defense, Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III said during an Oct. 22 press conference in Brussels—but that defense should not duplicate the functions and capabilities of the NATO alliance.