Equipment & Modernization

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
Washington Report (March 3, 2015) Three National Guard members last week described the faults in the Army's plan known as the Aviation Restructure Initiative, saying, among other things, that the nation would lose the decades of experience Guardsmen have flying and maintaining the complex AH-64... Read more
Washington Report (March 3, 2015) The National Governors Association has told the president that state executives oppose the Army's plan to cut the size of the Army National Guard by 8,000 and remove all of its AH-64 Apache helicopters, calling the proposals found in the president's 2016 fiscal... Read more
By Rebecca Autrey February 12, 2015 The chairman of the House Appropriations Committee said he’ll continue to fight for adequate funding of National Guard priorities during remarks at NGAUS headquarters Tuesday. Rep. Hal Rogers, R-Ky., addressed the issue at the 2015 Legislative Liaison Workshop.... Read more
Washington Report (February 3, 2015) The Air Force will try again to remove the A-10 Thunderbolt II from its arsenal. In the president's budget released Monday, the service makes the same attempt it did last year to retire the aircraft, but, as happened last year, some members of Congress plan to... Read more
Washington Report (January 27, 2015) The New York National Guard had about 400 soldiers on duty this morning as New York City, Long Island and the lower Hudson Valley entered the second day of a three-day weather event. New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo called out the Guard troops as part of a... Read more
Washington Report (December 9, 2014) The defense policy bill for fiscal 2015, which could be discussed today in the Senate after passing the House last week, has much for National Guardsmen to like, including a change to how Guard members can receive early retirement pay. Last week's Washington... Read more
By Ron Jensen December 5, 2014 National Guardsmen should be pleased with the fiscal 2015 defense policy bill hammered out in Congress and now awaiting action by the Senate after it was passed by the House. But it is clear the fight on critical issues is not over and NGAUS is preparing for another... Read more

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