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Congressional Hearings: A NGAUS Roundup

With markup season fast approaching, Congress has held numerous hearings on the Department of Defense's Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Request. With the A-10 facing retirement and the Army National Guard bracing for a major restructuring of its aviation fleet, Congress has many tough issues to consider as it works to develop spending bills for the next fiscal year. NGAUS has compiled a summary of hearings related to National Guard issues. Stay tuned to the NGAUS blog for summaries of additional hearings in the coming weeks.


House Armed Services Committee

Army Posture Hearing (March 25, 2014)
Issues covered: the effect of sequestration on Army end strength and its ability to meet current and future threats, the Aviation Restructure Initiative, Defense Strategic Guidance and Army 2020, Pacific Pathways and SPP/Regionally Aligned Forces, Base Realignment and Closure and incidents of ethics violations and sexual assault in the Army. Full summary | Transcript

Air Force Posture Hearing (March 14, 2014)
Issues covered: the effect of sequestration on Air Force end strength and its ability to meet current and future threats, divestiture of the A-10 Warthog, the F-35 JSF program, military compensation, the National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force, C-130 AMP and ICBM modernization. Full summary | Transcript
 

House Appropriations Committee, Subcommittee on Defense

National Guard and Reserve Budget Hearing (April 3, 2014)
Issues covered: effects of sequestration on the Army and Air National Guard, Aviation Restructure Initiative, National Guard Counterdrug Program, A-10 divestiture, C-130 modernization and NGREA. Full summary | Transcript

Army Budget Hearing (March 27, 2014)
Issues covered: the effect of sequestration on Army readiness and end strength, the Aviation Restructuring Initiative, Base Realignment and Closure, emerging threats (Crimea, China, Syria), defense industrial base, sexual assault and suicide prevention and women in combat roles. Full summary | Transcript

Air Force Budget Hearing (March 26, 2014)
Issues covered: the effect of sequestration on Air Force end strength and its ability to meet current and future threats, divestiture of the A-10 Warthog, the F-35 JSF program, the KC-10 and KC-46 programs, emerging and persistent threats, the nuclear missile officer cheating scandal, sexual assault, STEM and ICBM modernization. Full summary | Transcript


Senate Armed Services Committee

Air Force Posture Hearing (April 10, 2014)
Issues covered: the effects of sequestration on Air Force readiness and capability, divestiture of the A-10, C-130 and airlift capabilities, the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the Air Force Commission, cyber and increased reliance on the Guard and Reserve. Full summary | Transcript

Active Army and Reserve Force Mix (April 8, 2014)
Issues covered: effects of sequestration on Army, ARNG and USAR end strengths and readiness, Aviation Restructure Initiative and National Guard counterproposals, National Guard Counterdrug Program, Army mental health programs and the A-10 divestiture. Full summary | Transcript

Army Posture Hearing (April 3, 2014)
Issues covered: the effects of sequestration on Army readiness and capability, the Fort Hood shooting, Aviation Restructure Initiative, Afghanistan troop numbers, women in combat roles and sexual assault prevention. Full summary | Transcript
 

Senate Appropriations Committee, Subcommittee on Defense

Air Force Budget Hearing (April 2, 2014)
Issues covered: the effects of sequestration on the Air Force budget and modernization efforts, divestiture of the A-10 and the close-air support mission, the Combat Rescue Helicopter program, strategic and tactical airlift, Army Aviation Restructure Initiative and the role of the Guard and Reserve in the Air Force. Full summary | Transcript