The Army National Guard would have to reduce its training exercises if Congress does not pass an appropriation and the Pentagon operates under a yearlong continuing resolution, according to its director, Lt. Gen. Timothy Kadavy.
As President Trump approaches his 100th day in office this week, the Pentagon and other federal agencies have been notified by the White House to begin precautionary preparations for a government shutdown in the event Congress cannot pass a budget bill by April 29 or agree to extend a stopgap spending measure.
A UH-60 Black Hawk attached to the 12th Aviation Battalion, based at Davison Airfield, Ft. Belvoir, VA, crashed on a Maryland golf course April 17. One crew member was killed and two injured during the incident, which occurred during "a routine training flight," according to a release from the Army Military District of Washington. A team was dispatched from the Army Combat Readiness Center at Ft. Rucker, AL to investigate the crash.
The Defense Innovation Unit Experimental, which faced an uncertain future at the start of the Trump administration, remains a priority now that Defense Secretary James Mattis runs the Pentagon and reports directly to him in the same way it did with his predecessor, Ash Carter, who established DIUx to inject greater innovation into the acquisition system.
Improving ballistic and cruise missile capabilities and inventories by potential adversaries could render U.S. military forces -- particularly equipment and units deemed critical to war plans -- vulnerable, and requires a new three-pronged strategy to shore up U.S. defenses that could cost $2.5 billion annually.
The U.S. military, which for a generation has wielded the world's preeminent air power capability, needs to prepare to trade in expectations for air dominance -- control of the entire battlespace at all times -- for something new: "on-demand air superiority," a shift due to increasing technological prowess of potential adversaries that will render U.S. air dominance unaffordable.
The Pentagon's operational test workforce has been shrinking and is expected to be 42 percent smaller in 2020 than it was in 2010, according to a recent report sent to lawmakers by the Defense Department's top weapons tester.
Inside the Army tracks the service's emerging role in the post-Iraq and post-Afghanistan national security strategy. Extensive coverage is devoted to ground-warfare weapon programs, including the entire portfolio of combat and tactical vehicles.