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March 31, 2014

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 of USCYBERCOM, told Congress “the...

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March 28, 2014

Gen. Mark A. Welsh III, the chief of staff of the Air Force, addressed the future of the Air Force Thursday before a large audience at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C.

Welsh spoke on a variety of issues and emphasized the idea for One Air Force. He pointed out that all Air Force “enablers,” including ISR, airlift, positioning/navigation/timing,...

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March 27, 2014

The Defense Department’s fiscal 2015 budget calls for major cuts to Army National Guard personnel end-strength and a radical restructuring of its aviation assets that threaten to put the Guard back on the shelf as a strategic reserve.

Should Congress go along with the plan, the reductions would lessen the Guard’s ability to serve as a reserve of the Army and respond to domestic...

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March 25, 2014

When the old Hasbro cartoon GI Joe used to wrap, they always ended with the slogan, “Knowing is half the battle.” After more than a decade of war, we recognize that to be true. Whether you’re talking about knowing the terrain, the enemy, or the mission, or simply knowing yourself, Guardsmen excel not because of the weapon systems they’ve been issued, but as a result of the training and skill...

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March 19, 2014

It is now apparent that the long-simmering conflict between the Army and the Army National Guard has become a full-fledged shooting war. This war is damaging not just to the Army and the Army National Guard, but to the Total Force concept that our Army has adopted as a result of Gen. Creighton Abrams’ forward thinking. At the heart of the matter is a need to have a reaffirmation of the...

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March 14, 2014

It pains me to say it, but I fear we may be watching the demise of the Total Force in the U.S. Army.
 
The concept of the active and reserve components working together is alive in the Air Force, but it's in critical condition in the Army.
 
My prognosis is less about the recently unveiled Army budget than the process service leaders used to develop the plan and the...

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March 7, 2014

The President of the United States unveiled Tuesday his $495.6 billion Defense Department  budget request for fiscal year 2015. Overall, the president’s request includes more than $23.4 billion in base funding for National Guard personnel, operation and maintenance and military construction accounts. This represents a $1.8 billion decrease from the fiscal 2014 request.

In...

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March 4, 2014

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...

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