Equipment & Modernization

(Jan. 30, 2014) The Air Force should shift missions and personnel from the active component to the reserve component, but maintain its current size, a congressional panel recommends after a year of gathering testimony about the service. The National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Jan. 28, 2014) Legislation introduced Monday by Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., would create a commission to study the appropriate structure of the total Army, just as a similar commission has done for the Air Force. The bill, H.R. 3930, also would prevent the Army from... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report   (Jan. 28, 2014) Gen. Frank J. Grass, the chief of the National Guard Bureau, told a group of military policy experts today that he hopes to expand the National Guard’s training opportunities in the Pacific, and that the State Partnership Program will be an important... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report   (Jan. 28, 2014) Two state adjutants general and an official from the National Governors Association spoke about the need for a strong National Guard end strength during this morning’s NGAUS Legislative Workshop at the association’s headquarters in Washington, D.C... Read more
Responding to remarks made by Gen. Raymond Odierno, the Army chief of staff, and a controversial plan to restructure Army aviation assets, a coalition of Democratic and Republican representatives spoke out last week against potential cuts to Army National Guard end strength and drastic... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Jan. 22, 2014) Congress provided the National Guard with significant money for equipment in the $1.1 trillion funding bill passed this month for fiscal 2014. The omnibus bill, which includes all 12 appropriations bills, was signed into law Friday by President Barack Obama... Read more
(Jan. 17, 2014) Two lawmakers with experience in the reserve components of the U.S. military have chastised the Army chief of staff for unfavorable comparisons he made last week between the Army National Guard and the active-component force. Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., and Rep. Tim Walz, D-Minn... Read more
House and Senate Appropriations Committee leadership unveiled Jan. 13 a $1.1 trillion funding bill for fiscal 2014 that includes all 12 appropriations bills. The House and Senate had previously approved their own versions of the defense and military construction funding bills. However, a budget... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Jan. 14, 2014) The Army will carry its plan to take away much of the Army National Guard’s helicopter fleet, including all 192 of its AH-64 Apaches, to Capitol Hill this week. Army leaders are scheduled to address the House Armed Services Committee’s subcommittee on... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Jan. 14, 2014) The National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force has finished hearing testimony and will have its report ready for the president and Congress on Feb. 1. At its final hearing last week, Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James spoke well of the... Read more

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