Issues & Advocacy

Issue: Funding for Equipment and Modernization

Funding for equipment and modernization is critical to ensuring the National Guard is properly equipped to respond both overseas and domestically.

Issue Overview

The National Guard receives equipment funding from three main sources:

  • Their Parent services, the U.S. Army and Air Force
  • Congressional additions, provided by Congress for specific projects, programs or grants.
  • National Guard and Reserve Equipment Account (NGREA), which provides Congressionally-added funding for the National Guard and other reserve components to acquire new equipment and rebuild, refurbish and modernize existing systems.

What's At Stake?

Congressional adds have historically helped to fund the National Guard and ensure equipment levels were met year after year. However, Congressional adds are not as common today as they were in past years, since there is a current ban on earmarks. For this reason, the National Guard has come to rely on NGREA to fund critical equipment shortfalls and upgrades to our aging equipment.

In the last several years, Congress has dedicated over $5 billion to this account to properly equip the National Guard as an operational reserve fully involved in operations overseas and domestically. While that funding has been critical to ensuring that the National Guard is properly equipped to respond both overseas and domestically, both the Army National Guard and the Air National Guard still experience equipment shortfalls.

NGAUS’ Top Equipment Priorities for FY2013

Air National Guard

ANG Aircraft Retirement Transfer Overview
AESA Radar for F-15
HMIT for A-10 and F-16
CDU for F-16
Engine Enhancements for A-10
AESA Radar for F-16
Anti-jam EGI and Antenna for A-10
IRCM for C-130
IRCM for KC-135
IRCM for C-17
RTIC for C-130
RTIC for C-17
TDL for KC-135
RWR for C-130
NP-2000, In-flight Propeller Balancing, EPCS
Air Combat Training Systems (ACTS)
RPA Squadron Operations Center
DCGS Unclassified Processing Capability 

Army National Guard

Black Hawk
Bradley A3 Upgrade
CH-47 Chinook
EQ-36 Enhanced Counterfire Target Acquisition Radar System
M109 Paladin Integrated Management (PIM)
C-23 Sherpa
C4I IT Network Infrastructure
Stinger SLEP
Abrams Operational Force Full Fleet