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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
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
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
“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

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