Air Force Neglecting the Needs of the Governors and States Again?
Last Friday, the Adjutant Generals were called to Washington D.C. to attend a briefing on a new proposal regarding the Air Force's FY13 budget. However, this briefing was so hastily thrown together, that many of the TAGs were caught off guard, or were unable to attend and forced to send representatives on their behalf.
Likewise, TAGs were provided no information in advance of their meeting nor provided written material to be reviewed and shared with their respective governors following the meeting.
The Council of Governors, a group of 10 bipartisan Governors created to serve as a mechanism for governors and key federal officials to address matters pertaining to the National Guard, homeland defense and defense support to civil authorities, was understandably upset with this development.
In a letter addressed to Air Force Secretary Michael Donely and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh, the Council expressed its disapproval of the new "negotiations" push, claiming once again that the Governors were shut out of the process. They called to light the fear that state needs were not adequately being addressed in the budget.
"No specifics or written proposals have been shared with the Council, so we currently do not have any review action before us. Until we are able to see a proposal and discuss it with all governors, there can be no representation that this proposal meets the needs of states..."
Throughout this year, we have made clear our willingness to continue to work with you to find a better path forward. Since the Council's last meeting in July, we have worked with DoD to develop a draft consultative process to ensure that governors' priorities are better incorporated into future years' budget request."
The full text of the letter can be seen below.
Tell us what you think - Are the states being neglected by the Air Force?