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May 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.

May 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.

May 16, 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.

May 15, 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.

May 9, 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.

May 7, 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.

May 6, 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.

May 1, 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.

April 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.

April 25, 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.

April 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 InsideDefense.com.

April 18, 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.

April 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 InsideDefense.com.

April 11, 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.

April 10, 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.

April 8, 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.

April 3, 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.

March 28, 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.

March 28, 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.

March 20, 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.

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