Saturday, November 22, 2014
News on Guard and Reserve equipment and budget issues
DefenseAlert - 11/17/2014

A group of state governors is asking that lawmakers force the Army to halt a controversial aviation-reform initiative until outside experts have had a chance to weigh in.

Inside the Navy - 11/10/2014

Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command recently awarded Dell a contract to support the Navy's year-long pilot for cloud-based services tailored specifically to Navy reservists, according to a service official.

Inside the Army - 11/03/2014

The Army appears to be testing the waters on Capitol Hill for starting the service's Aviation Restructure Initiative, according to sources inside and outside the government.

Inside the Pentagon - 10/30/2014

California National Guard personnel will help Ukraine develop its own national guard as part of a state partnership program, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel recently told lawmakers.

DefenseAlert - 10/17/2014

Lawmakers have rejected dozens of Pentagon-proposed changes to reallocate prior-year funds, forcing the U.S. military to scrap plans to immediately shift nearly $600 million between programs -- including the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter and Ground-based Midcourse Defense efforts -- while protecting funds for key Army radio and helicopter modernization projects.

Inside the Army - 10/13/2014

The National Guard Association of the United States last week urged lawmakers to adopt language that would halt Army plans for transferring Apache helicopters out of the National Guard.

Inside the Army - 09/22/2014

National Guard Bureau Chief Gen. Frank Grass believes cutting the National Guard by roughly 30,000 soldiers would trigger costs upwards of $1 billion.

Inside the Army - 09/22/2014

A National Guard program for cultivating U.S. military ties to Eastern European countries formerly aligned with the Soviet Union will be increasingly important to the Pentagon, a top commander said.

Inside the Air Force - 09/19/2014

The director of the Air National Guard said this week that the service component must invest the resources necessary to conduct a study within the next year of its C-130 requirement so that it can develop a way forward for the cargo fleet.

Inside the Air Force - 09/19/2014

The director of the Air National Guard told reporters this week that he has a strong interest in upgrading the Guard's fourth-generation aircraft to be more compatible with their fifth-generation counterparts, noting that the National Guard and Reserve Enrichment Appropriation fund could be a potential funding source for such an effort.

Inside the Army - 09/15/2014

U.S. Cyber Command chief Adm. Michael Rogers has pleaded a zero-tolerance policy to service infighting, as the military builds a cyber force numbering upwards of 6,000.

Inside the Army - 09/15/2014

The Army must plug an unexpected funding shortage attributed to increased training costs in the National Guard, a Pentagon notification to Congress states.

Inside the Air Force - 08/08/2014

Although the active-duty Air Force continues to support the bulk of global remotely piloted aircraft operations, Air National Guard units such as the 163rd Reconnaissance Wing at March Air Reserve Base in California are proving to be invaluable sources of operational expertise and experience.

Inside the Air Force - 08/01/2014

JOINT BASE CHARLESTON, SC -- Air Force officials across the service's active-duty and reserve components should realize that as the war in Afghanistan draws down, funding will have to be set aside for training events now performed as part of operational missions, according to a reserve wing commander here.

Inside the Air Force - 07/18/2014

With the transfer of its beloved A-10s to Moody Air Force Base, GA, and the departure of the majority of its pilots, the 188th Wing of the Arkansas Air Force National Guard is working through the challenges associated with converting from manned to unmanned platforms.

Inside the Air Force - 07/11/2014

After losing its F-16 fighter jets and the majority of its pilots to other wings, the 132nd Fighter Wing Operations Group of the Iowa Air National Guard is working to complete its transition to MQ-9 Reaper operations one year ahead of schedule.

Inside the Army - 06/23/2014

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey strongly oppose congressional efforts to form an independent commission to determine the size and structure of the Army.

Inside the Army - 06/16/2014

House appropriators have again injected $100 million in unrequested funds into the Army's budget to pay for National Guard humvee upgrades.

Inside the Army - 06/02/2014

Rep. Tim Walz (D-MN), co-chair of the House National Guard and Reserve Components Caucus, advocated last week for a commission to study the Army's force structure by citing a lack of data behind the Army's decision to restructure its aviation assets and determine its end strength.

DefenseAlert - 05/29/2014

The House Appropriations defense subcommittee wants to block the transfer of AH-64 Apache helicopters from the Army National Guard to the Army, according to the committee's fiscal year 2015 defense spending bill.

Inside the Army - 05/26/2014

The White House opposes language in the House Armed Services Committee's fiscal year 2015 defense authorization bill that would give the Army and Air National Guard Bureau chiefs the authority to choose directors and deputy directors, according to a May 19 statement of administration policy.

Inside the Army - 05/26/2014

House lawmakers are seeking a report on the Army National Guard's efforts to form cyber teams that would be spread throughout the service, according to an amendment to the House Armed Services Committee's version of the fiscal year 2015 defense authorization bill.

DefenseAlert - 05/23/2014

The Senate Armed Service Committee's version of the fiscal year 2015 defense authorization bill includes provisions that would prohibit the Air Force from retiring any legacy E-3 battle management aircraft or transferring MC-12 spy planes.

DefenseAlert - 05/23/2014

The Senate Armed Services Committee sought to protect most of the Army's acquisition programs in the $514 billion defense authorization legislation it passed this week, though it defied the service's wishes and moved to recommend the establishment of an independent commission to study the Army's controversial aviation restructure and force reduction strategy.

DefenseAlert - 05/20/2014

A Senate subcommittee has moved to recommend the establishment of an independent commission to study the proper size and force structure of the Army, though lawmakers were short on specifics.

Inside the Army - 05/19/2014

House authorizers want to give the National Guard Bureau chief the authority to pick Army National Guard and Air National Guard directors and deputy directors, according to the panel's version of the fiscal year 2015 defense authorization bill.

Inside the Air Force - 05/16/2014

FT. BRAGG, NC -- The Air Force's recent indecision regarding its C-130 force structure around the country has left one unit -- the 440th Airlift Wing -- in a particularly undesirable position, which looks likely to worsen this summer.

Inside the Army - 05/12/2014

House and Senate lawmakers took steps last week to upend the Army's controversial aviation restructure initiative and head off the service's plans to reduce the size of the National Guard.

DefenseAlert - 05/07/2014

Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT), co-chair of the Senate National Guard Caucus, has introduced legislation that would establish an independent commission to determine the size and composition of the Army, putting him and his 18 co-sponsors at odds with the Army secretary and chief of staff.

DefenseAlert - 05/05/2014

NASHVILLE, TN -- The Army National Guard is developing an implementation plan for the Army's controversial aviation restructure that will likely be 90 percent in place by the end of the month, according to Guard officials, who said they expect turbulence as the strategy begins to emerge.

Inside the Air Force - 05/02/2014

Air Force leaders told Congress this week that while they squarely disagree with a recommendation that the service disestablish Air Force Reserve Command in the near term, broad improvements in active-duty and reserve force integration could lead to a future in which the command structure is no longer needed.

DefenseAlert - 04/30/2014

Sens. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC), in response to the Army's controversial plans to downsize and restructure its aviation assets, are preparing legislation that could lead to an independent commission to study the service's size and force structure.

Inside the Army - 04/28/2014

Several analysts affiliated with think tanks on both ends of the political spectrum are backing the Army's aviation restructure proposal and opposing a possible congressionally mandated commission to study the service's force structure that would stall Army plans.

DefenseAlert - 04/24/2014

The National Guard Bureau this week laid out a proposal for how it might implement the Army's controversial aviation restructure initiative, which would transfer all AH-64 Apache helicopters from the Guard to the active force, according to government officials and documents obtained by

Inside the Army - 04/21/2014

A top Army logistics general last week said that while the National Guard and Reserve provide more than half the service's logistics capabilities, the overall readiness of the active force is rightly driving ongoing decisions to reduce the reserve component.

DefenseAlert - 04/18/2014

High-ranking Pentagon officials have been visiting Capitol Hill to make the case for shrinking the Army and to support the service's controversial aviation restructure initiative, which have put the Army at odds with the National Guard, according to congressional sources and documents obtained by

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.