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February 28, 2014

Seeking to put more civilian oversight in civil-military relations, the National Governors Association weighed in on the proposed cuts to the National Guard recommended in the fiscal 2015 Defense Department budget request.

In a letter to the...

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February 25, 2014

In a briefing Monday afternoon, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel outlined key priorities in the fiscal 2015 defense budget.


  • 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 40 fleet if 2016 sequester goes into effect.
  • Reduction...
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February 21, 2014

This article originally appeared on the Patriot News Opinion Page Wednesday. Link to original article here.

I recall a favorite remark used by former Pennsylvania adjutant general, Maj. Gen. Gerald T. Sajer: “We’re out of money, now we have to think.”

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February 19, 2014

“Air superiority isn’t a given, it never has been. But if we can’t provide it, everything we do on the ground and sea will have to change.”—Gen. Mark Welsh, chief of staff of the Air Force, “Is the F-35 Worth It?,” 60 Minutes, Feb. 16.

The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is the Pentagon’s newest weapons system, as well as its most expensive ever, costing the American taxpayers nearly...

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February 14, 2014

The Reserve Forces Policy Board (RFPB) issued a report last week commissioned by former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta entitled Reserve Component Use, Balance, Cost and Savings.

Panetta was interested in determining the best ways to use the reserve components in support of the Defense Strategic Guidance; the right balance or mix of active and reserve component forces; the cost to...

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February 11, 2014
The Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments (CSBA) unveiled last week the results of an exercise designed to offer alternatives to the Pentagon’s fiscal 2015 Budget and Quadrennial Defense Review. Teams of analysts from CSBA, the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) and the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) presented...
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February 10, 2014

The 2014 Air National Guard (ANG) Weapons Systems Modernization Priorities Book (Mod Book) was released today by the National Guard Bureau.

In December, warfighters from across the U.S. gathered in Tucson, Ariz., for the 32nd annual Weapons and Tactics Conference (WEPTAC). With Tucson being the home of the Air National Guard Air Force Reserve Command Test Center (AATC), the 162nd...

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February 6, 2014

The National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force released its findings to Congress and the president last week. To make a long story short, the Air National Guard has a good deal to be happy about...

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