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By Mary Catherine Ott | February 25, 2014 | Air National Guard, Army National Guard, Congress, Defense Appropriations, Defense Authorization, Department of Defense, Domestic Response, equipment, funding, House of Representatives, military construction, modernization, Pay and Benefits, personnel, retirement, Senate, TRICARE, Veterans, White House
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 40 fleet if 2016 sequester goes into effect. Reduction of Army end strength to a... Read Full Story
By NGAUS | February 21, 2014 | Army National Guard, Department of Defense
This article originally appeared on the Patriot News Opinion Page Wednesday. Link to original article here. I recall a favorite remark used by former Pennsylvania adjutant general, Maj. Gen. Gerald T. Sajer: “We’re out of money, now we have to think.” General Sajer used this when subordinates would come to him asking for money to do the things he expected us to... Read Full Story
By Mary Catherine Ott | February 19, 2014 | Air National Guard, Department of Defense, equipment, funding, Industry, modernization
“Air superiority isn’t a given, it never has been. But if we can’t provide it, everything we do on the ground and sea will have to change.”—Gen. Mark Welsh, chief of staff of the Air Force, “Is the F-35 Worth It?,” 60 Minutes, Feb. 16. The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is the Pentagon’s newest weapons system, as well as its most expensive ever, costing... Read Full Story
By Mary Catherine Ott | February 14, 2014 | Air National Guard, Army National Guard, Department of Defense, Domestic Response, equipment, funding, military construction, modernization, personnel
The Reserve Forces Policy Board (RFPB) issued a report last week commissioned by former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta entitled Reserve Component Use, Balance, Cost and Savings. Panetta was interested in determining the best ways to use the reserve components in support of the Defense Strategic Guidance; the right balance or mix of active and reserve component forces; the cost to maintain a... Read Full Story
By Adam Maisel | February 11, 2014 | Air National Guard, Army National Guard, Congress, Department of Defense
The Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments (CSBA) unveiled last week the results of an exercise designed to offer alternatives to the Pentagon’s fiscal 2015 Budget and Quadrennial Defense Review. Teams of analysts from CSBA, the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) and the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)... Read Full Story

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