Department of Defense

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
NGAUS Washington Report (Feb. 25, 2014) Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s rollout of the Pentagon budget Monday prompted quick and angry responses from several quarters. Especially targeted were plans to cut to the size of the Army National Guard, the transfer of AH-64 Apache helicopters from the... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Feb. 25, 2104) Governors who met with President Barack Obama Monday say he defended cuts to the National Guard found in the fiscal 2015 defense budget proposal released the same day. “He said, ‘If I hear any of you pushing back, making statements about Washington spends... Read more
WASHINGTON (Feb. 24, 2014) ― The National Guard Association of the United States today released the following statement by retired Maj. Gen. Gus Hargett, the NGAUS president: “We are disappointed, but hardly surprised, that today’s Pentagon budget preview ignores the advice of Congress and the... Read more
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... Read more
“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... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Feb. 18, 2014) Sen. Roy. Blunt, R-Mo., is seeking the signatures of his Senate colleagues on a letter asking Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to resolve the squabble between the Army and the Army National Guard over force structure and aviation assets for the Guard that will... Read more
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... Read more
(Feb. 13, 2014) Pentagon officials have compiled a summary of the effects a winter storm battering the East Coast today is having on the Defense Department: -- The Defense Department, U.S. Northern Command and the National Guard Bureau continue to monitor the storm as it tracks north. -- The... Read more
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... Read more

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