Department of Defense

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
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
Washington Report (March 11, 2014) The Air Force's plan to retire all A-10 Thunderbolt aircraft would impact four Air National Guard wings, but those wings would receive a new flying mission.   Air Force documents released Monday show that the Guard units would not lose positions when the A-10s... Read more
 Washington Report (March 11, 2014) The future of the Army National Guard is now in the hands of Congress, where a "fair hearing" should result in an outcome beneficial to the nation and the Guard, the 54 adjutants general say in a statement released today through the Adjutants General Association... Read more
The President of the United States unveiled Tuesday his $495.6 billion Defense Department  budget request for fiscal year 2015. Overall, the president’s request includes more than $23.4 billion in base funding for National Guard personnel, operation and maintenance and military construction... Read more
(March 7, 2014) A Pentagon proposal would give National Guardsmen and Reserve members retirement pay immediately after completing 20 years of service. The pay would be slight and would result in less pay over a veteran’s lifetime, but the Defense Department thinks it may appeal to many troops. The... Read more

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