Mary Catherine Ott

This month, Air Combat Command (ACC) put out its 2014 Strategic Plan. Gen. Gilmary M. Hostage, the ACC commander, stated the plan is “my twofold guidance to: (1) optimally organize, train and provide combat ready forces and (2) manage and deliver the capabilities required to secure the high ground... Read more
The National Defense Authorization Act handily passed Thursday by the House of Representatives authorizes $552.1 billion in spending for national defense and an additional $79.4 billion for overseas contingency operations. The vote was 325 to 98. In addition to provisions mentioned previously, the... Read more
A little after midnight, the House Armed Services committee (HASC) unanimously passed its version of the fiscal 2015 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). This marks the 53rd consecutive year this piece of legislation has passed the defense committee, authorizing $521.3 billion dollars in... Read more
It may the end of the road for the National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force (NCSAF) as a body, but it is hardly the end of its findings. They should continue to impact the Air Force for years to come as the service accepts many of the commission’s ideas for the Total Force. In what you... Read more
Despite the fact that law requires the Air Force to maintain an operational A-10 fleet over this fiscal year, it appears as though the Air Force isn’t playing by the rules. Last week, Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H. and Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., sent a letter to Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee... Read more
The Scope of the Report The National Guard and Reserve Equipment Report (NGRER) is a statutory requirement that reflects congressional interest in ensuring a well-equipped and robust reserve component capability within the armed forces. The NGRER identifies major items of equipment in the reserve-... Read more
Thus far, things have been pretty quiet this year in cyber security, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. The president’s fiscal 2015 budget includes a huge increase to cyber-security operations at the Pentagon, an impressive $5.1 billion in total funding. Last year, Gen. Keith Alexander, chief... Read more
Gen. Mark A. Welsh III, the chief of staff of the Air Force, addressed the future of the Air Force Thursday before a large audience at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C. Welsh spoke on a variety of issues and emphasized the idea for One Air Force. He pointed out... Read more
The White House officially delivered its fiscal 2015 budget today, asking for increased taxes on the wealthy and slashing the payments to health providers. The $3.9 trillion budget also plans to raise revenue to repair the nation's roads and bridges. For the Pentagon’s piece of the pie—$495.6... Read more
In a briefing Monday afternoon, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel outlined key priorities in the fiscal 2015 defense budget. Highlights: Reduction of tactical air squadrons to include the entire A-10 fleet. Retire 80 more aircraft, including the entire KC-10 tanker fleet and the Global Hawk Block... Read more

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