The Senate Armed Services Committee is scheduled to mark up the Senate’s version of the Fiscal 2012 defense authorization bill this week in closed sessions. Members will begin the process on Tuesday when the subcommittees on airland, strategic forces, seapower, readiness and management support, and personnel convene one after the other in that order to discuss the bill. On Wednesday, the emerging threats and capabilities panel will act, rounding out the subcommittee mark-ups. Later that same day, the full committee will begin making its marks. The committee intends to complete the mark-up on Thursday, but has allotted time on Friday, if necessary. Last month, the House passed its version of the bill, authorizing $690 billion—about $1 billion more than President Obama’s request—for the Pentagon’s base activities, overseas contingency operations, and the Energy Department’s national security activities.
While some of the Air Force's newly announced changes will happen quickly, it may take most of Chief of Staff Gen. David W. Allvin's tenure in the job to accomplish the rest, he said in a Brookings Institution event Feb. 28.