Equipment & Modernization

Washington Report (April 21, 2015) President Barack Obama has been asked by 25 state and territory seconds-in-command to rethink the Army's proposal in the fiscal 2016 budget to cut manpower in the Army National Guard by 8,000 and move its AH-64 Apache helicopters to the active component. The... Read more
Washington Report (April 14, 2015) The Air Force will have little data on which to base its decision regarding the production of the KC-46 aerial refueling aircraft. Boeing, the airplane's builder, will have only three months of flight testing of the airplane before the service is to decide in... Read more
Washington Report (April 7, 2015) The National Guard Bureau plans to deactivate two attack reconnaissance battalions to comply with reforms outlined in the Army's aviation restructure initiative. The Bureau announced in an April 1 memo it will deactivate Pennsylvania's 1st Battalion, 104th Aviation... Read more
Washington Report (March 31, 2015) Senate and House members have told their colleagues on influential committees of their support for the A-10 Thunderbolt II. In letters from members of both chambers, the Warthog has been praised as a key weapon of war that should not be retired. Eighteen House... Read more
Washington Report (March 24, 2015) The 21 adjutants general who have C-130s in their states are asking congressional leaders to provide the Air Force with flexibility regarding a modernization program for the fleet and to maintain a fleet of at least 308 aircraft. The letter was sent last week to... Read more
The White House and leaders of the House and Senate armed services committees named their picks to the National Commission on the Future of the Army last week. While NGAUS regrets no National Guard general officers were selected, we look forward to engaging with the commission and its staff. So... Read more
WASHINGTON (March 19, 2015) ― The National Guard Association of the United States today released the following statement by retired Maj. Gen. Gus Hargett, the NGAUS president. “While we would have preferred to see at least one National Guard general officer appointed to the National Commission on... Read more
Washington Report (March 17, 2015) As Congress gets serious about the nation's budget, some Republicans are calling for an end to the automatic budget cuts known as sequestration, but others in the party are unlikely to agree. Some are devising ways to get around it. President Barack Obama's budget... Read more
Washington Report (March 10, 2015) First Air Force has filed an "urgent operational need" to improve Block 30 F-16s. The upgrade would be the installation of the Northrop Grumman APG-83 SABR active electronically scanned array radar, according to Air Force Times. The upgrade would benefit aircraft... Read more
Washington Report (March 10, 2015) Top Air Force officers, including Gen. Frank J. Grass, the chief of the National Guard Bureau, spent last week talking about the service's close-air support mission, but focused on using F-15s and F-16s for the mission, not the A-10 Thunderbolt, which has long... Read more

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