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“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
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
The 2014 Air National Guard (ANG) Weapons Systems Modernization Priorities Book (Mod Book) was released today by the National Guard Bureau. In December, warfighters from across the U.S. gathered in Tucson, Ariz., for the 32nd annual Weapons and Tactics Conference (WEPTAC). With Tucson being the... 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
NGAUS Washington Report (Feb. 4, 2014) The Army National Guard would field AH-64 Apache helicopters in four attack reconnaissance battalions and two attack reconnaissance squadrons under a proposal from the National Guard Bureau. The bureau is responding to a plan from the Army to remove all... Read more
(Jan. 30, 2014) The Air Force should shift missions and personnel from the active component to the reserve component, but maintain its current size, a congressional panel recommends after a year of gathering testimony about the service. The National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Jan. 28, 2014) Legislation introduced Monday by Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., would create a commission to study the appropriate structure of the total Army, just as a similar commission has done for the Air Force. The bill, H.R. 3930, also would prevent the Army from... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Jan. 22, 2014) Congress provided the National Guard with significant money for equipment in the $1.1 trillion funding bill passed this month for fiscal 2014. The omnibus bill, which includes all 12 appropriations bills, was signed into law Friday by President Barack Obama... Read more
(Jan. 17, 2014) Two lawmakers with experience in the reserve components of the U.S. military have chastised the Army chief of staff for unfavorable comparisons he made last week between the Army National Guard and the active-component force. Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., and Rep. Tim Walz, D-Minn... Read more
House and Senate Appropriations Committee leadership unveiled Jan. 13 a $1.1 trillion funding bill for fiscal 2014 that includes all 12 appropriations bills. The House and Senate had previously approved their own versions of the defense and military construction funding bills. However, a budget... Read more

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