Lawmakers did add a late provision to the last-minute workings on the 2006 defense authorization bill that would permit adoption of military working dogs—under “unusual or extraordinary circumstances”—before they have reached the end of their military working life. The story behind this legislation made headlines around the country. At the center was USAF TSgt. Jamie Dana, a security forces dog handler who was severely wounded by an improvised explosive device in Iraq. Before passing out, she asked about her dog Rex and was told he had been killed; she learned in the hospital that he had survived. According to Sen. John Warner (R-Va.), Gen. Michael Moseley, USAF Chief of Staff, indicated the service would exercise the waiver, once the legislation is signed by the President, to permit Dana to adopt Rex.
In a nighttime ceremony contrived to continue concealment of many of its features, the new B-21 bomber rolled out of Northrop Grumman's Palmdale, Calif. plant Dec. 2. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said the aircraft's advanced technology represents "deterrence, the American way."