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By Maj. Gen. Frank Schober (Ret.) | April 25, 2014 | Army National Guard, Defense Authorization, Department of Defense, equipment
Forty-seven of our nation's governors recently made an emphatic suggestion to Congress: The acrimonious debate between the Army and the National Guard should end and a dialogue should begin with the enactment of H.R. 3930. The proposed legislation sets up an objective, nonpartisan commission to answer a vital question: “What strengths and what force structure of active duty, National... Read Full Story
By Mary Catherine Ott | April 10, 2014 | Air National Guard, Congress, Defense Authorization, Department of Defense, equipment, funding, House of Representatives, modernization, Senate
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 James telling of their frustration with reports that the Air Force has not allotted any... Read Full Story
By Mary Catherine Ott | April 1, 2014 | Air National Guard, Army National Guard, Congress, Defense Appropriations, Defense Authorization, Department of Defense, equipment, funding, modernization
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-component inventories that are important to the services, the Defense Department and Congress, and... Read Full Story
By Mary Catherine Ott | March 31, 2014 | Air National Guard, Army National Guard, Congress, Cyber Security, Defense Appropriations, Defense Authorization, Department of Defense, Domestic Response
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 Guard can play a huge role. There’s two... Read Full Story
By Mary Catherine Ott | March 28, 2014 | Air National Guard, Congress, Defense Appropriations, Department of Defense, equipment, modernization
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/... Read Full Story

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