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Reserves

July 31, 2015

The National Guard Bureau is on track to move forward in October with the transfer of an initial batch of 48 attack helicopters from the Guard to the active Army, according to officials.

July 9, 2015

The chief of Air Force Reserve Command said this week that the Defense Department's fiscal year 2017 program objective memorandum will likely reflect plans to boost reserve manpower, as recommended by the National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force.

July 2, 2015

The nation's top military officer has filed a new strategy linking the threat of war against a major power with the requirement to maintain strong Guard and Reserve forces.

June 26, 2015

Defense Secretary Ash Carter is asking a group of outside experts to provide recommendations on how the reserve components have been used in the last two major wars to help decide how to employ them in the future.

June 26, 2015

Meetings were still ongoing last week between the National Guard Bureau and Army headquarters about implementation of the Aviation Restructure Initiative, a Guard official said.

June 19, 2015

The Army considers National Guard cyber protection teams "complementary" to the similar active-component units the ground service is organizing, according to a report recently sent to lawmakers.

June 15, 2015

The Army's top leaders spoke out against pending legislation seeking to delay moving attack helicopters from the National Guard to the active service, contending that a pause would "cause great damage," according to a letter sent to Congress last week.

June 10, 2015

The Senate Appropriations defense subcommittee is reporting a fiscal year 2016 bill to the full committee that adds nearly $3 billion to the Defense Department's $107 billion procurement request, as well as an additional $540 million to DOD's $70 billion research and development request, according to unreleased funding tables obtained by InsideDefense.com.

Procurement

June 9, 2015

The Senate Appropriations defense subcommittee approved a fiscal year 2016 spending bill Tuesday that would provide $490 billion in base budget funding for the Pentagon, accompanied by an $87 billion overseas contingency operations account, but top-ranking lawmakers are resigned to the long, partisan budget clash that lies ahead.

June 5, 2015

Top service officials last month presented their plans for a division of labor between the active Army and its reserves in a closed-door session, arguing, in essence, that high-intensity combat is best left to full-time soldiers.

June 5, 2015

Numerous House appropriators last week spoke out on the Army's controversial attack helicopter grab from the National Guard, contending that removing the aircraft from the states is unlikely to save the dollars the active Army is claiming it would.

May 22, 2015

Army and National Guard officials squared off last week at the National Commission on the Future of the Army's inaugural public meeting, providing conflicting visions for the service's aviation force structure.

May 21, 2015

The president of the Adjutants General Association of the United States, Maj. Gen. Edward Tonini, has condemned a recent attempt by Army Secretary John McHugh to ensure the speedy execution of controversial reforms in the service's aviation branch.

May 20, 2015

Leaders of the National Commission on the Future of the Army on Wednesday vowed they would stick to empirical evidence as they debate the optimal mix of active and reserve forces for the service.

May 19, 2015

Sticking to the GOP budget resolution, the House Appropriations defense subcommittee will vote Wednesday on a fiscal year 2016 spending bill that provides $578.6 billion in national security funding, including an $88.4 billion overseas contingency operations account for the Defense Department.

May 8, 2015

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA -- A top Army aviation official said it is unlikely the service can accelerate the modernization of Army National Guard UH-60A Black Hawk helicopters by three years, as some lawmakers are requesting.

May 8, 2015

A New York lawmaker wants the Army and Air Force to guarantee the training provided to National Guard cyber protection teams is the same as the preparation received by active troops.

May 7, 2015

Even as the Air Force continues to seek congressional approval to retire the A-10 Warthog fleet, the Air National Guard has a critical need for upgrades to its share of A-10s, including improved intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance and battle tracking capabilities.

May 1, 2015

The Army has approved the National Guard's plan to inactivate two aviation attack reconnaissance battalions, but details of the move are still being worked out, according to National Guard Bureau Chief Gen. Frank Grass.

April 17, 2015

An Army general argued before lawmakers last week that the service's relationship with its reserves should be characterized by interdependence rather than the principle of interchangeability advocated by the National Guard.

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