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Congress Traded Operations & Maintenance For Modernization In 19 Appropriations

Posted by Mark Cancian on


Now that President Trump has signed the fiscal 2019 defense appropriations bill — marking the first time in nine years that defense is not bound by a Continuing Resolution — the broad trend was cuts to Operational and Maintenance (O&M) to fund Research, Development, Testing, & Engineering (RDT&E). The top line was consistent with the… Keep reading →

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New & Old NGAUS Leaders Say Active-Guard Relations Better, But…

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


WASHINGTON: “Trust, but verify.” On Gus Hargett’s last day at the National Guard Association of the United States, that’s the advice the long-time NGAUS president gave his successor, Roy Robinson, on dealing with regular active-duty leaders. “I think these guys want to do the right thing,” said Hargett, particularly praising the Army Chief of Staff,… Keep reading →

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National Guard Wants To Deploy More Alongside Army: NGB Chief Lengyel

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


WASHINGTON: In stark contrast to past disputes, the head of the National Guard Bureau took pains today to praise the Army Chief of Staff for bringing full-time and part-time troops together. In particular, NGB director Gen. Joseph Lengyel said, the National Guard can train and deploy more often alongside the regular Army, it wants to… Keep reading →

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DIUX Lite: Carter Announces New Innovation Unit In Austin

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


UPDATED: Adds Carter & Kirchhoff remarks AUSTIN: Today, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter will announce the latest location for his Defense Innovation Unit (Experimental) — but DIUX Austin will be organized differently from the home office in Silicon Valley or its offshoot in Boston. Instead of its own offices, DIU(X) Austin will “occupy space within the well-known… Keep reading →

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Air National Guard Units Interested In V-22 Osprey

Posted by Richard Whittle on


CORRECTION: Multi-year contract three aircraft number restated WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – The Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) isn’t just wooing foreign customers for the V-22 Osprey. Deputy Program Manager Scott Hite revealed here Thursday that NAVAIR has also been talking to Air National Guard units about the tiltrotor transport as a search and rescue… Keep reading →

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Top 25 Cuts To NDAA: $5B In Fuel, People, Readiness, & Weapons Detailed

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


WASHINGTON: The House and Senate Armed Services Committees have found the $5 billion in cuts required under the budget deal. As HASC chairman Mac Thornberry promised, some of them are painful. The committees released the detailed list Tuesday after close of business, formatted into categories only a legislative aide could love, such as “Increases to… Keep reading →

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Who’s Right On C-130 AMP: The Congressman Or Air Force Lawyers?

Posted by Colin Clark on


UPDATED: Corrects Cost Per Plane To $3.8M; Holmes “Misspoke;” Adds Enhanced Mode S Upgrade CAPITOL HILL: The law is the law. But the law must be written and it must then be interpreted in practice. Ay, there’s the rub. Add the National Guard, local politics, aging C-130s, and a wobbly defense budget in which hard choices must… Keep reading →

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Why Congress May Let Air Force Retire The A-10

Posted by Colin Clark on


CAPITOL HILL: Aside from Sen. Kelly Ayotte, the reaction from Capitol Hill to the Air Force plan for retiring the ugly and beloved A-10 has been relatively muted and may remain so. Why would Congress, beloved for going slightly nuts whenever the military tries to retire a ship, aircraft squadron, or anything else that means jobs… Keep reading →

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NGAUS Head Knocks Senior Pentagon Leaders On Army Budget Battle

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


CAPITOL HILL: When the armed services come here to make their case to Congress, the Army tends to be the elephant: huge, grey, and kind of clumsy. But this year, as the regular Army heads into what will likely be a bitter battle over fiscal 2015 funding with the Army National Guard, the service’s leadership… Keep reading →

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National Guard Fights For Cyber Role In 2015 Budget

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


Chinese and Russian hackers have everybody running scared. So whatever else happens with the president’s budget request for fiscal year 2015, we know it will include more money for things cyber, from purely defensive network security to black-budget “offensive cyber weapons” such as the Stuxnet worm. But one big thing remains in doubt: the role… Keep reading →

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