Defense Authorization

Washington Report (April 8, 2014) The chief of the National Guard Bureau acknowledged today that the Army’s plan to pull all the Apache helicopters from the Army Guard could very well go forward, but he put his hopes in Congress that will have its own ideas about erasing combat helicopters from... Read more
Washington Report (April 1, 2014) The troubled F-35 fighter program got some good news this week when a government report said estimated acquisition costs for the most expensive weapons program in history have fallen 3.3 percent in the past year. The Government Accountability Office’s annual report... Read more
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-... Read more
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... Read more
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... Read more
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... Read more
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... Read more
The National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force released its findings to Congress and the president last week. To make a long story short, the Air National Guard has a good deal to be happy about. After a year of interviews, site visits, data collection, analysis and hearings, the... Read more
Created in the fiscal 2013 National Defense Authorization Act, the National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force has been tasked to submit a report, containing a “comprehensive study and recommendations to the President and Congressional Defense committees … to help determine whether, and... Read more
As 2013 draws to an end, there is a strong sense that change is in the air. The United States finds itself winding down a major ground campaign in Afghanistan and pivoting its security doctrine towards the Pacific. New threats in the cyber domain have placed additional roles for our nation’s... Read more

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