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    National Guard Chief Accepts Army Aviation Restructuring Plan

    General Frank Grass, chief of the National Guard Bureau, expressed acceptance of the Army’s aviation restructuring plan recently. Though there had been resistance to this plan by some in the Guard and in Congress, General Grass’s comments indicate the Army should be able to move forward with this plan that … More

    Happy 377th Birthday, Army National Guard

    Created by the members of the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1636 to defend the earliest American community, the Army National Guard celebrates its 377th birthday today. Originally a militia group made up of all able-bodied colonists over the age of 16, the National Guard in its current form wasn’t created … More

    President, Senate Should Get Serious About Providing for the Common Defense

    Congress might not pass a National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for the first time in 51 years. Though it passed the House, it has been sitting in the Senate for months and, as Congress is about to adjourn for 2013 before Christmas, time is running out for the Senate to … More

    Reflecting on America's Resolve: 72nd Anniversary of Pearl Harbor Attack

    Today marks the 72nd anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. As Americans reflect on what President Franklin D. Roosevelt called “a date which will live in infamy,” let us also remember the resolve Americans and the U.S. military showed in response. The attack killed over 2,400 Americans, destroyed nearly … More

    Budget-Driven Defense Cuts Signify Hagel’s Lack of Strategy

    Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel called for “significant change across every aspect of our defense enterprise.” While sequestration drives Secretary Hagel’s remarks, “significant change” is only code for declining readiness and lost capabilities. “We must make sure that contingency scenarios drive force structure decisions and not the other way around,” … More

    Marine Corps Commandant: The World Is "More Dangerous" Than Before 9/11

    Marine Corps Commandant General James Amos recently warned that further defense cuts will paralyze the Marine Corps’s ability to fight. As policymakers in Washington work to provide for the common defense of the nation, they need to bear in mind just how capable the Navy and Marine Corps are dealing … More

    America’s First-Rate Power Status on the Chopping Block

    Last Thursday, Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Jonathan Greenert warned that some of the crown jewels of the Navy could be on the chopping block next fiscal year if Congress fails to come to an agreement on how to reprogram sequestration cuts. Without the ability to protect national defense from … More

    Why Finding Waste in the Pentagon Matters

    Can the Pentagon be downsized? Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has selected former Air Force Secretary Michael Donley to oversee a Pentagon downsizing effort to cut 20 percent of the Office of the Secretary of Defense headquarters staff over the next five years. There are undoubtedly areas of waste in the … More

    Armed Services Struggle Under Cuts: Defense Review Doesn’t Provide Solutions

    The recent Strategic Choices Management Review (SCMR) issued by the Department of Defense makes some alarming predictions about future readiness, such as the possibility of the U.S. Army losing 70,000 to 100,000 active-duty soldiers under sequestration. This indicates a set of 15–20 percent reductions on top of previously projected cuts … More

    Budget Cuts Force Navy to Neglect SOUTHCOM

    Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Jonathan Greenert admitted recently that the Navy currently has no ships in SOUTHCOM due to budget constraints. United States Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) is a joint force containing all branches of the U.S. military—the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard—that exists to defend … More