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December 31, 2013

A high-level Pentagon debate over cutting the Army and its National Guard is expected to come to a head this month, with Senators putting defense leaders on notice that they don't want to see a repeat of the bitter battle between the Air Force and the Air Guard over intra-service end strength reductions.

December 20, 2013

The last of the Army National Guard C-23 Sherpas is heading back to the United States after it was grounded in the United Kingdom due to some maintenance problems, according to the Guard's aviation operations branch chief.

December 12, 2013

Outside the confines of a congressionally mandated commission to study the Air Force's active-duty and reserve structure, the service is making progress incorporating recommendations from an internal task force that would improve the coordination between those components, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh said this week.

December 12, 2013

A mission analysis for cyber operations, called for in a new bipartisan fiscal year 2014 defense authorization bill proposal, would include a comprehensive examination of potential contributions by the reserve component.

December 4, 2013

Officials from the Defense Department, the Department of Homeland Security and the National Governors Association are preparing a joint statement of principles for shared situational awareness in the cybersecurity realm, a pact that Guard and Reserve advocates hope will provide a new reference point for how federal and state authorities fight cyber threats, according to sources following the issue.

November 26, 2013

A group of Pentagon advisers next month will hear from a British general officer on the United Kingdom's efforts to remodel its armed forces to place greater emphasis on the reserve component.

November 19, 2013

The National Guard is mulling the creation of an associate battalion that could round out active Army units to fill future capability gaps in the face of end strength reductions and looming budget cuts, according according to a top general.

November 7, 2013

The Air Force Reserve is moving forward with a plan to stand up several intelligence squadrons that will support the Defense Department's strategic shift toward the Asia-Pacific region, despite experiencing delays associated with sequestration and a 16-day government shutdown.

October 25, 2013

The Army Reserve is implementing engagement cells and teams as part of the service's total regionally aligned forces, which helps to better organize how the component supports combatant commands, according to the Reserve chief.

October 17, 2013

The government shutdown negatively impacted Air Force Reserve readiness by shrinking the number of sorties the reserve component could fly and waylaying weekend training drills, according to a spokesman for the service component and the executive director of the Reserve Officers Association.

October 3, 2013

The U.S. Forest Service is expressing concern about the aircraft modifications it would have to perform if it accepts a potential Defense Department that would net it a quantity of C-130H aircraft, rather than C-27Js, while the Coast Guard has laid out the changes it would need to make to those C-27s to fit the maritime service's mission.

September 26, 2013

The National Guard Bureau's chief says he may redefine what qualifies as a flying unit in order to continue operating one of those units in every state in the face of stiff congressional budget cuts that are expected to continue into fiscal year 2014.

September 12, 2013

The Army National Guard plans to fulfill its existing requirements for LUH-72A Lakota helicopters through Army transfers, not new purchases, and will not need additional aircraft in the near-future, according to a top general.

September 11, 2013

The debate over the size of the active and reserve components should steer clear of emotional arguments and instead be guided by data mined from a decade-plus of deployments, according to Christine Fox, the former director of the Pentagon's cost assessment and program evaluation office.

August 29, 2013

The Air Force Reserve has been using its facilities, sustainment, restoration and modernization fund as a "Band-Aid" fix for its military construction requirements because sequestration cuts in fiscal year 2013 depleted the Reserve's budget by $271 million, according to the Reserve's top officer.

August 28, 2013

A commission tasked with making recommendations on the structure of the Air Force is examining the possibility of manning nuclear facilities with members of the Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard.

August 21, 2013

A new high-level Army review could help shape the future role accorded to the reserves, both in traditional and cyberspace missions, as defense leaders attempt to reshape America's national-security capabilities with cost in mind.

August 8, 2013

The Air National Guard has laid out for Congress how it will spend the $460 million lawmakers gave the service component in fiscal year 2013 -- a plan that shows that some of the Guard's most pertinent needs are for fighter jet simulators and avionics upgrades for its fighter jets.

August 6, 2013

The Senate Appropriations Committee is recommending that the Air National Guard be given $35.7 million to cover a funding shortfall that, if neglected, would make it difficult for the Guard to stand up six unmanned aircraft squadron operations centers.

July 31, 2013

A Defense Department wish list delivered to Congress in June highlights $1.3 billion in equipment and military construction projects that reserve components would have prioritized in the coming fiscal year had their funding not dropped in the department's FY-14 budget request.

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