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By Mary Catherine Ott | February 19, 2014 | Air National Guard, Department of Defense, equipment, funding, Industry, modernization
“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... Read Full Story
By Mary Catherine Ott | February 14, 2014 | Air National Guard, Army National Guard, Department of Defense, Domestic Response, equipment, funding, military construction, modernization, personnel
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 maintain a... Read Full Story
By Adam Maisel | February 11, 2014 | Air National Guard, Army National Guard, Congress, Department of Defense
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)... Read Full Story
By Mary Catherine Ott | February 10, 2014 | Air National Guard, Congress, Department of Defense, Domestic Response, equipment, funding, House of Representatives, Industry, modernization
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 Fighter Wing... Read Full Story
By Mary Catherine Ott | February 6, 2014 | Air National Guard, Congress, Cyber Security, Defense Authorization, Department of Defense, equipment, modernization, NATIONAL GUARD magazine, personnel, White House
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. After a year of interviews, site visits, data collection, analysis and hearings, the commission was able to reach several foundational conclusions, to include: Past and current Air... Read Full Story

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