Equipment & Modernization

Despite the fact that law requires the Air Force to maintain an operational A-10 fleet over this fiscal year, it appears as though the Air Force isn’t playing by the rules. Last week, Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H. and Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., sent a letter to Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee... Read more
(April 10) Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., convened a bipartisan group of lawmakers from both chambers of Congress today and backed them with pilots and maintainers in her drive to save the A-10 Thunderbolt from retirement by the Air Force. “Our most solemn obligation when we send troops into harm’s way... Read more
Washington Report (April 8, 2014) Gen. Frank J. Grass, the chief of the National Guard Bureau, told lawmakers today that an outside examination of the structure of the Army is not a bad idea. "Who would not want an independent look?" Grass said this morning at a hearing of the Senate Armed... Read more
The Scope of the Report The National Guard and Reserve Equipment Report (NGRER) is a statutory requirement that reflects congressional interest in ensuring a well-equipped and robust reserve component capability within the armed forces. The NGRER identifies major items of equipment in the reserve-... Read more
Thus far, things have been pretty quiet this year in cyber security, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. The president’s fiscal 2015 budget includes a huge increase to cyber-security operations at the Pentagon, an impressive $5.1 billion in total funding. Last year, Gen. Keith Alexander, chief... Read more
Washington Report (March 11, 2014) The Air Force's plan to retire all A-10 Thunderbolt aircraft would impact four Air National Guard wings, but those wings would receive a new flying mission.   Air Force documents released Monday show that the Guard units would not lose positions when the A-10s... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Feb. 25, 2104) NGAUS Washington Report (March 4, 2014)  Fifty governors oppose the possible cuts to the Army National Guard and have made their feelings known in a letter to President Barack Obama. The letter, which was sent through the National Governors Association, was... Read more
The White House officially delivered its fiscal 2015 budget today, asking for increased taxes on the wealthy and slashing the payments to health providers. The $3.9 trillion budget also plans to raise revenue to repair the nation's roads and bridges. For the Pentagon’s piece of the pie—$495.6... Read more
In a briefing Monday afternoon, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel outlined key priorities in the fiscal 2015 defense budget. Highlights: Reduction of tactical air squadrons to include the entire A-10 fleet. Retire 80 more aircraft, including the entire KC-10 tanker fleet and the Global Hawk Block... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Feb. 25, 2014) Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s rollout of the Pentagon budget Monday prompted quick and angry responses from several quarters. Especially targeted were plans to cut to the size of the Army National Guard, the transfer of AH-64 Apache helicopters from the... Read more

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