Equipment & Modernization

In the current national debate over the Army’s ill-conceived plan to commandeer all 192 National Guard AH-64 Apache attack helicopters, there is more at stake than aircraft. Overlooked by the proponents of this plan are the implications for our country’s system of checks and balances, and... Read more
Washington Report (August 5, 2014) Legislation introduced in the Senate would allow the Air Force to seek a more affordable overhaul of the C-130 aircraft's communication and navigation systems to keep them flying beyond a deadline for such improvements. Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., has bipartisan... Read more
Washington Report (July 22, 2014) A Senate panel has signed on to a request from the adjutants general to modernize the Air National Guard's C-130 aircraft so they adhere to planned changes in regulations from federal and international civil aviation authorities. The Senate Appropriations... Read more
Washington Report (July 15, 2014) The Adjutants General Association of the United States delivered letters last week to two Senate committees asking them to support a modernization program for the C-130H aircraft. Without it, they said, their aircraft would not be allowed to fly in large portions... Read more
Right now is a very good time for every member of the National Guard to stand up and be counted. The Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission, established by the fiscal 2013 National Defense Authorization Act, is currently conducting a review of all military compensation and... Read more
This month, Air Combat Command (ACC) put out its 2014 Strategic Plan. Gen. Gilmary M. Hostage, the ACC commander, stated the plan is “my twofold guidance to: (1) optimally organize, train and provide combat ready forces and (2) manage and deliver the capabilities required to secure the high ground... Read more
Washington Report (June 24, 2014) The House approved last week a defense spending bill that blocks the retirement of the A-10 aircraft and approves a pay raise of 1.8 percent for military members. A detailed look at the House version of the defense appropriations bill can be viewed here. The... Read more
Washington Report (June 17, 2014) The Senate is likely to include funding for the A-10 Thunderbolt for at least another year. This comes after a House committee voted not to fund the close-air support weapon that the Air Force wants to retire.  Defense News quotes sources on Capitol Hill saying... Read more
(May 29, 2014) The Congressional Budget Office should design a common costing model to accurately measure the costs of the active-component Army and the Army National Guard so decisions based on budget issues can be meaningful. That’s one recommendation in a report from the Center for Strategic and... Read more
Washington Report (May 27, 2014) The House of Representatives has included a commission to study the structure of the Army in its version of the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act. Plus, the Senate Armed Services Committee has included the panel in its version of the bill, which later this... Read more

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