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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
By Maj. Gen. Gus Hargett (Ret.) | March 27, 2014 | Air National Guard, Army National Guard, Congress, Defense Appropriations, Department of Defense, Domestic Response, equipment, funding, membership
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... Read Full Story
By John Crawford | March 25, 2014 | Veterans
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... Read Full Story

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