Washington Report (May 31, 2016) The Air Force needs 40,000 to 60,000 more airmen, Gen. Mark. A. Welsh III, the service’s chief of staff, said last week. “Every problem we have in growing, in modernizing, increasing mission capability, is manpower related,” he said at an Air Force Association... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (March 29, 2016) Rep. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., a supporter of the A-10 aircraft the Air Force wants to retire, told Pentagon leaders the service should dump bands and turn musicians into mechanics if manning levels are its reason for scrapping the fighter jet, according to... Read more
Washington Report  (January 12, 2016) Aviators who fly remotely piloted aircraft will receive an "R" to attach to the appropriate noncombat medals to recognize their efforts in military operations, the Pentagon announced last week. The small attachment that would "recognize remote impacts on combat... Read more
The Air Force may have to change its plans to modernize its fleet of aircraft due to fiscal limitations, according to a report from the Congressional Research Service. The analysis released last week cast doubt on the service's plan to field the F-35 fighter as scheduled and purchase the K-46... Read more
Washington Report (October 20, 2015) Sixteen senators wrote to Army leadership Friday, asking for clarity on the Army's tactical wheeled vehicle strategy.   The note to John McHugh, the Army secretary, and Gen. Mark A. Milley, the Army chief of staff, comes two months after the Army awarded Oshkosh... Read more
Washington Report (June 23, 2015) The Senate passed its version of the fiscal 2016 National Defense Authorization Act Thursday, and the measure includes some key language in support of the National Guard. The bill, among other things, prevents the Army from transferring any of the Guard's remaining... Read more
WASHINGTON (May 20, 2015) — The National Guard Association of the United States today offered the National Commission on the Future of the Army five basic recommendations to fully leverage the capabilities and cost-effectiveness of the Army National Guard. Retired Maj. Gen. Gus Hargett, the NGAUS... Read more
Washington Report (May 19, 2015) The House passed its version of the fiscal 2016 National Defense Authorization Act last week and the Senate will consider its final take on the bill next month. But the entire effort faces a White House veto threat. President Barack Obama has said he will quash any... Read more
Washington Report (April 28, 2015) The House Armed Services Committee will spend much of Wednesday—and probably a few early hours of Thursday—compiling its version of the fiscal 2016 National Defense Authorization Act. The final proposal will include the panel's collective view on the Air Force's... Read more
Washington Report (March 24, 2015) The 21 adjutants general who have C-130s in their states are asking congressional leaders to provide the Air Force with flexibility regarding a modernization program for the fleet and to maintain a fleet of at least 308 aircraft. The letter was sent last week to... Read more