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Base closings out, Global Hawk in _ House panel puts its imprint on Obama's military budget
WASHINGTON (AP) ' Domestic military base closings are out. The Global Hawk drone is back in.
A Republican-led House panel is putting its mark on President Barack Obama's proposed defense budget, reversing several of the Pentagon's wishes. This week marked the start of an annual congressional rite ' the show of strength by the military panels as they acquiesce to some Pentagon budget requests, reject others and tweak plenty more.
Six Armed Services subcommittees worked Thursday and Friday on the budget.
The Pentagon wanted another round of base closings. The readiness subcommittee said no.
The Pentagon wanted to retire 18 of the Air Force's Global Hawk drones from the Block 30 program. The subcommittee on tactical air and land forces rejected that idea, adding $260 million to continue operating the high-altitude unmanned aircraft.