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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
By Adam Maisel | January 22, 2014 | Army National Guard, Congress, Department of Defense, Domestic Response, personnel
Responding to remarks made by Gen. Raymond Odierno, the Army chief of staff, and a controversial plan to restructure Army aviation assets, a coalition of Democratic and Republican representatives spoke out last week against potential cuts to Army National Guard end strength and drastic restructuring of the Army Guard's helicopter fleet.  The bipartisan group, led by Rep. Scott Perry, R-... Read Full Story
By Adam Maisel | January 15, 2014 | Congress, Defense Appropriations, Department of Defense, Domestic Response, equipment, funding, military construction, modernization, personnel
House and Senate Appropriations Committee leadership unveiled Jan. 13 a $1.1 trillion funding bill for fiscal 2014 that includes all 12 appropriations bills. The House and Senate had previously approved their own versions of the defense and military construction funding bills. However, a budget resolution approved in December required additional cuts from earlier marks.  ... Read Full Story
By Mary Catherine Ott | January 6, 2014 | Air National Guard, Congress, Defense Authorization, House of Representatives, personnel, Senate, White House
Created in the fiscal 2013 National Defense Authorization Act, the National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force has been tasked to submit a report, containing a “comprehensive study and recommendations to the President and Congressional Defense committees … to help determine whether, and how, the structure of the U.S. Air Force should be modified to best fulfill current and... Read Full Story
By Adam Maisel | December 31, 2013 | Air National Guard, Army National Guard, Congress, Cyber Security, Defense Appropriations, Defense Authorization, Department of Defense, House of Representatives, Pay and Benefits, Senate
As 2013 draws to an end, there is a strong sense that change is in the air. The United States finds itself winding down a major ground campaign in Afghanistan and pivoting its security doctrine towards the Pacific. New threats in the cyber domain have placed additional roles for our nation’s military. In Washington, partisan squabbling resulted in a government shutdown and a last-minute... Read Full Story

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