Wednesday, April 16, 2014
News on Guard and Reserve equipment and budget issues
Inside the Army - 04/14/2014

Army officials argued last week that a recent National Guard Bureau counter-proposal to the service's aviation restructure, which proposes keeping some Apaches in the reserve component, would cut deeper into the active component, jeopardizing its readiness.

Inside the Air Force - 04/11/2014

The first of seven repurposed Coast Guard HC-130H search-and-rescue aircraft is being transferred to the U.S. Forest Service later this year, a USFS fire and aviation spokeswoman said this week, referring to an interservice airplane swap authorizes by Congress.

DefenseAlert - 04/08/2014

Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond Odierno told Senate lawmakers today that he does not want Congress to form an independent commission to determine how to structure the Army and reduce the service's number of active and reserve troops, but National Guard Bureau Chief Gen. Frank Grass welcomed Capitol Hill intervention in a discussion Odierno characterized as a "family spat" over resources.

Inside the Pentagon - 04/03/2014

The director of the Air National Guard said Wednesday that he is in favor of the Air Force's scaled-down C-130H modernization plans provided the service makes key investments in a timely manner to comply with air traffic control regulations the Federal Aviation Administration plans to implement in 2020.

Inside the Army - 03/31/2014

Army leaders last week were questioned by House appropriators who voiced concerns over the service's planned end strength cuts -- especially National Guard reductions -- as a way to deal with the automatic budget cuts triggered by sequestration.

Inside the Army - 03/31/2014

Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond Odierno told lawmakers last week that if the service was unable to execute its proposed aviation restructure and forced to keep AH-64 Apache helicopters in the Army National Guard, it would then have to cut up to four Guard brigades to find equivalent savings.

Inside the Air Force - 03/21/2014

The Coast Guard is standing up an asset project office at its air station in Elizabeth City, NC, in order to oversee the service's acquisition of 14 C-27J Spartan airlifters from the Defense Department as part of a wider inter-service plane swap deal, a service spokesman has confirmed.

DefenseAlert - 03/13/2014

The Army's plan to restructure its aviation assets -- hotly contested by Army National Guard advocates -- will work to U.S. Northern Command's advantage, its commander said today.

Inside the Pentagon - 03/13/2014

Senior defense leaders are eying a review of the military's ability to mobilize its existing reserves if an immediate infusion of ground forces were needed in light of the Obama administration's new budget plan that could see the Army fall to a force of 420,000 soldiers. A military official told Inside the Pentagon that plans for such an examination have yet to be finalized.

Inside the Army - 03/03/2014

The Army and National Guard continued to prepare for confrontation last week after Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced cuts to the service's end strength and committed the Army to a controversial aviation restructure.

Inside the Air Force - 02/28/2014

The Air Force's top leaders have strong concerns about a congressionally mandated commission's recommendation that the service dismantle much of Air Force Reserve Command and rely instead on National Guard and active-duty components to provide lower-level leadership structure.

Inside the Army - 02/17/2014

Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) has been trying to rally fellow lawmakers to join him in urging Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to prevent the Army from executing a plan that would cut the size of the National Guard and restructure the service's aviation assets, according to a draft letter obtained by Inside the Army that Blunt's office has been circulating on Capitol Hill.

Inside the Army - 02/17/2014

Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond Odierno reasserted last week that the service needs at least 450,000 active soldiers to meet the nation's security needs, despite a push inside the Pentagon to cut back to only 420,000 active-duty troops by fiscal year 2019 to pay for budget cuts mandated by sequestration.

Inside the Army - 02/17/2014

The Army Reserve and the Guard are not following recommendations in a 2012 report issued by the Defense Department inspector general to adhere to protocol and obtain Office of the Secretary of Defense approval when transferring reserve component equipment because Army officials believe the recommendations would create a process that is too cumbersome.

Inside the Army - 02/03/2014

The National Guard Bureau has outlined a counter-proposal to the Army's aviation restructure plan that would retain some AH-64 Apaches in the reserve component, according to an NGB document obtained by Inside the Army.

DefenseAlert - 01/31/2014

The chairman of the commission charged with studying the Air Force's active-duty and reserve force utilization said today that he expects the service will implement many of the panel's recommendations, which advocate for much greater reliance on the reserve component.

DefenseAlert - 01/30/2014

A congressional commission tasked with studying the Air Force's active-duty and reserve structure recommended this week that the service disband the Reserve Command and that Congress provide the service with greater flexibility and authority to close redundant infrastructure.

Inside the Army - 01/27/2014

Draft legislation that could be introduced into the fiscal year 2015 defense authorization bill by Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC) would establish a commission to study the proper size and structure of the Army, while prohibiting the service from transferring or divesting any National Guard aircraft or reducing the reserve component's end strength beyond authorized levels in FY-15.

Inside the Army - 01/27/2014

The Army would align AH-64 Apache helicopter battalions from the active component with National Guard aviation brigades if the service follows through with its proposed aviation restructure and moves all Apaches out of the reserve component, according to defense officials.

DefenseAlert - 01/15/2014

The Office of the Secretary of Defense has pulled the plug on all Army engagements in which service officials might be asked to further justify plans to cut the size of the Army National Guard and restructure the aviation branch, according to Capitol Hill sources, though the Army officially disputes this.

Inside the Army - 01/13/2014

The National Guard Bureau Chief Gen. Frank Grass said that the defense spending agreement reached by Congress in December that provides some relief from sequestration over the next few years has bought the Guard and the active components some time to assess the right balance of force structure and end strength.

DefenseAlert - 01/10/2014

Pentagon leaders have issued internal guidance putting the Army on a path to reducing its active-duty ranks to 420,000 soldiers by fiscal year 2019, according to defense sources.

DefenseAlert - 01/09/2014

In her first public comments since being confirmed by the Senate in December, new Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James revealed today that the service's fiscal year 2015 budget request will increase the role of its reserve components.

Inside the Army - 01/06/2014

The National Guard Association and Guard advocates on Capitol Hill are questioning the Army's proposed aviation restructure that would take all AH-64 Apaches out of the Guard to be used as armed aerial scout helicopters within the active component.

Inside the Pentagon - 01/02/2014

A high-level Pentagon debate over cutting the Army and its National Guard is expected to come to a head this month, with Senators putting defense leaders on notice that they don't want to see a repeat of the bitter battle between the Air Force and the Air Guard over intra-service end strength reductions.

Inside the Army - 12/23/2013

The last of the Army National Guard C-23 Sherpas is heading back to the United States after it was grounded in the United Kingdom due to some maintenance problems, according to the Guard's aviation operations branch chief.

Inside the Air Force - 12/13/2013

Outside the confines of a congressionally mandated commission to study the Air Force's active-duty and reserve structure, the service is making progress incorporating recommendations from an internal task force that would improve the coordination between those components, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh said this week.

Inside the Pentagon - 12/12/2013

A mission analysis for cyber operations, called for in a new bipartisan fiscal year 2014 defense authorization bill proposal, would include a comprehensive examination of potential contributions by the reserve component.

Inside the Pentagon - 12/05/2013

Officials from the Defense Department, the Department of Homeland Security and the National Governors Association are preparing a joint statement of principles for shared situational awareness in the cybersecurity realm, a pact that Guard and Reserve advocates hope will provide a new reference point for how federal and state authorities fight cyber threats, according to sources following the issue.

Inside the Pentagon - 11/28/2013

A group of Pentagon advisers next month will hear from a British general officer on the United Kingdom's efforts to remodel its armed forces to place greater emphasis on the reserve component.

DefenseAlert - 11/19/2013

The National Guard is mulling the creation of an associate battalion that could round out active Army units to fill future capability gaps in the face of end strength reductions and looming budget cuts, according according to a top general.

Inside the Air Force - 11/08/2013

The Air Force Reserve is moving forward with a plan to stand up several intelligence squadrons that will support the Defense Department's strategic shift toward the Asia-Pacific region, despite experiencing delays associated with sequestration and a 16-day government shutdown.

Inside the Army - 10/28/2013

The Army Reserve is implementing engagement cells and teams as part of the service's total regionally aligned forces, which helps to better organize how the component supports combatant commands, according to the Reserve chief.

Inside the Air Force - 10/18/2013

The government shutdown negatively impacted Air Force Reserve readiness by shrinking the number of sorties the reserve component could fly and waylaying weekend training drills, according to a spokesman for the service component and the executive director of the Reserve Officers Association.

Inside the Air Force - 10/04/2013

The U.S. Forest Service is expressing concern about the aircraft modifications it would have to perform if it accepts a potential Defense Department that would net it a quantity of C-130H aircraft, rather than C-27Js, while the Coast Guard has laid out the changes it would need to make to those C-27s to fit the maritime service's mission.

Inside the Air Force - 09/27/2013

The National Guard Bureau's chief says he may redefine what qualifies as a flying unit in order to continue operating one of those units in every state in the face of stiff congressional budget cuts that are expected to continue into fiscal year 2014.

DefenseAlert - 09/12/2013

The Army National Guard plans to fulfill its existing requirements for LUH-72A Lakota helicopters through Army transfers, not new purchases, and will not need additional aircraft in the near-future, according to a top general.

Inside the Pentagon - 09/12/2013

The debate over the size of the active and reserve components should steer clear of emotional arguments and instead be guided by data mined from a decade-plus of deployments, according to Christine Fox, the former director of the Pentagon's cost assessment and program evaluation office.

Inside the Air Force - 08/30/2013

The Air Force Reserve has been using its facilities, sustainment, restoration and modernization fund as a "Band-Aid" fix for its military construction requirements because sequestration cuts in fiscal year 2013 depleted the Reserve's budget by $271 million, according to the Reserve's top officer.

DefenseAlert - 08/28/2013

A commission tasked with making recommendations on the structure of the Air Force is examining the possibility of manning nuclear facilities with members of the Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard.

Inside the Pentagon - 08/22/2013

A new high-level Army review could help shape the future role accorded to the reserves, both in traditional and cyberspace missions, as defense leaders attempt to reshape America's national-security capabilities with cost in mind.

Inside the Air Force - 08/09/2013

The Air National Guard has laid out for Congress how it will spend the $460 million lawmakers gave the service component in fiscal year 2013 -- a plan that shows that some of the Guard's most pertinent needs are for fighter jet simulators and avionics upgrades for its fighter jets.

DefenseAlert - 08/06/2013

The Senate Appropriations Committee is recommending that the Air National Guard be given $35.7 million to cover a funding shortfall that, if neglected, would make it difficult for the Guard to stand up six unmanned aircraft squadron operations centers.

DefenseAlert - 07/31/2013

A Defense Department wish list delivered to Congress in June highlights $1.3 billion in equipment and military construction projects that reserve components would have prioritized in the coming fiscal year had their funding not dropped in the department's FY-14 budget request.

Inside the Pentagon - 07/25/2013

The services are reviewing their reserve components with an eye toward what role these forces should play in cyberspace operations, according to Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey.

DefenseAlert - 07/23/2013

The National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force should recommend that the Air Force run a test that would allow Congress to see how the service would function with a different mix of active-duty and reserve airmen, according to a retired Air Force general who testified before the commission today.

Inside the Pentagon - 07/18/2013

Some U.S. defense officials are taking a closer look at lessons to be learned from a new proposal by British defense minister Philip Hammond that seeks to rely increasingly on the U.K. Reserves to compensate for a shrinking active-duty component.

Inside the Air Force - 07/12/2013

The Air National Guard does not have the money for nearly 40 percent of the mission adjustments that Congress directed it to implement in the Fiscal Year 2013 Defense Authorization Act.

Inside the Air Force - 06/28/2013

The National Guard Bureau is revisiting its requirements for homeland security missions as it assesses its future, according to Guard officials.

Inside the Air Force - 06/21/2013

Air Force Reserve Command is preparing to implement some major changes that include transferring two squadrons of C-130J cargo aircraft from Mississippi to North Carolina and standing down the units associated with them while investing in upgrades for some of its weather planes.