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Reserves

February 7, 2013

The core of the Air Force's future cyber workforce may lie in
the reserve component, the Air Force Reserve Chief said this week.

February 1, 2013

Former Sen. Chuck Hagel, the president's nominee for defense
secretary, last week signaled his willingness to adjust the size of the Army
National Guard and Reserve in the face of changing security requirements.

January 10, 2013

Air Force officials say the fiscal environment is to blame
for some of the communication problems that cropped up during 2012 between the
service and the Council of Governors.

January 9, 2013

The National Governors Association is making a push for additional say in how the Air Force trims its force-structure strategy, a topic the association's co-chairs discussed during what they called a "state-of-the-states" address today.

January 4, 2013

A senior Air Force official on Thursday gave House Armed Services Committee staffers and Pennsylvania lawmakers a bare-bones idea of how the service plans to move forward with reintroducing 32 cargo aircraft into its force-structure strategy.

January 3, 2013

Pennsylvania's state auditor will be venting his frustration to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta over the Air Force's refusal to provide him with access to data that would allow him to conduct a cost-benefit analysis of Pittsburgh International Airport Air Reserve Station, PA, which has been targeted for closure by the service.

January 3, 2013

The Air National Guard is looking to secure funding for its
fleet of LC-130 aircraft, which specialize in polar missions, and to gain
approval for additional modifications in 2013.

December 24, 2012

House lawmakers from Arkansas, Iowa and Ohio have introduced legislation that would forbid Air Force Secretary Michael Donley from retiring or transferring most Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve aircraft until an independent commission presents to Congress a report on the future force structure of the Air Force.

December 13, 2012

The Pentagon should establish a policy that covers the fully burdened and life-cycle costs for members of the active and reserve components and report these costs annually, according to a new report approved this week by the Reserve Forces Policy Board.

December 11, 2012

The Council of Governors has sent a letter to senior House and Senate lawmakers asking that during the upcoming defense authorization conference negotiations they continue to support a freeze of Air National Guard (ANG) manpower and aircraft throughout fiscal year 2013.

November 16, 2012

As the Army weighs the best mix of active-duty and reserve forces, a debate is emerging at the Pentagon about giving reserve forces unique missions, indicating that an explicit division of labor between the ground service components may be in the works, according to defense officials.

November 16, 2012

The key to maintaining the Army Reserve's relevancy and readiness as the service draws down after 10 years of war is through training with the active Army and National Guard, ensuring that reservists are used for missions when ready, and aligning Reserve units with combatant commands in theater, the Army Reserve chief said.

November 2, 2012

A new Army force-generation model, designed to better match
up ready formations with commanders' requirements, sets out a new framework for
how the service will reach into its reserve component to complement active-duty
forces, according to officials and documents.

October 22, 2012

Army Secretary John McHugh has approved a "total force policy" designed to better synchronize the training and equipping of the active-duty force with that of the reserve component.

October 12, 2012

Reserve proponents are asserting themselves in what could
soon become a spat over the size of the Army's active-duty and reserve
components, with one former ground service official arguing the active Army can
afford shedding an additional 50,000 soldiers beyond the downsizing target of
490,000.

October 5, 2012

The Army failed to implement procedures ensuring
accountability in the transfer and replacement of $5.8 billion worth of Army
Reserve component equipment, a Defense Department inspector general report
finds.

September 18, 2012

The director of the Air National Guard today disputed allegations of a growing rift between the Guard and the Air Force following a tumultuous year in which budget cuts associated with the service's new force-structure strategy fell heavily on the Guard, prompting a group of governors to push back.

August 17, 2012

The adjutants
general of seven U.S. states have rejected an idea by Army Chief of Staff Gen.
Raymond Odierno to optimize four of the Army National Guard's 28 brigade combat
teams for security assistance missions, according to a previously unreported
letter.

July 19, 2012

A National Guard program that pairs U.S. troops with peers from abroad to build the capacity of foreign militaries has strong support among Pentagon leaders, but the department has no plans to boost the small budget for such efforts by curtailing multibillion-dollar procurement programs like the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, a senior defense official said Tuesday.

July 17, 2012

A National Guard program that pairs U.S. troops with peers from abroad to build the capacity of foreign militaries has strong support among Pentagon leaders, but the department has no plans to boost the small budget for such efforts by curtailing multibillion-dollar procurement programs like the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, a senior defense official said today.

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