Department of Defense

(April 10) Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., convened a bipartisan group of lawmakers from both chambers of Congress today and backed them with pilots and maintainers in her drive to save the A-10 Thunderbolt from retirement by the Air Force. “Our most solemn obligation when we send troops into harm’s way... Read more
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 8, 2014) Gen. Frank J. Grass, the chief of the National Guard Bureau, told lawmakers today that an outside examination of the structure of the Army is not a bad idea. "Who would not want an independent look?" Grass said this morning at a hearing of the Senate Armed... 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
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... Read more
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... Read more
Washington Report (March 25, 2014) Lawmakers in both chambers are asking the Defense Department to fund the five counterdrug training facilities operated by the National Guard. The President’s Budget for fiscal 2015 included no money for the sites that train federal, state and local law enforcement... Read more
WASHINGTON (March 25, 2014) ― The National Guard Association of the United States today released the following statement by retired Maj. Gen. Gus Hargett, the NGAUS president: “This morning, the senior leaders of our Army will likely offer a variety of opinions with the House Armed Services... Read more
Washington Report (March 18, 2014) Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has suggested the military review the ability of the reserve component to mobilize quickly when needed. His comments, which were reported last week by Inside the Pentagon, are linked to the... Read more

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