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OPERATIONAL RESERVE

Developing an operational reserve: A policy and historical context and the way forward
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Much attention is paid to a concept of employment for the U.S. military Reserve Components, encompassing the Army and Air National Guard and the Reserves of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, and Coast Guard. This concept is entitled the "operational reserve." The concept of an operational reserve, in which Reserve forces participate routinely and regularly in ongoing military missions, is viewed as a fairly recent development. This concept is distinct from an earlier view in which the RCs were seen mainly as a "strategic reserve" whose primary role was augmentation and reinforcement of active forces during a major contingency—an event that was anticipated to occur at best once in a lifetime. More

Operational for what? The future of the guard and reserves
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Since the end of the Cold War, the National Guard and Reserves have been transformed from a strategic to an operational force because of the demands of U.S. military involvement in Haiti, Somalia, Bosnia, Kosovo, and—most significantly— Afghanistan and Iraq. While still providing strategic depth in the event of a major war, the often derided "weekend warriors" of yesteryear have been replaced by men and women who join the Guard and Reserves knowing full well that they will participate routinely and regularly in ongoing military missions. More

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McKinley: Relationship between National Guard, parent components strongest ever
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The relationship between the National Guard and its parent components has never been stronger, the Guard's top officer said. "I don't think I've seen relations between our parent services and the Guard be any better," said Air Force Gen. Craig R. McKinley, chief of the National Guard Bureau, while addressing representatives from various industries as part of a panel discussion at the Reserve Officers Association of America. More

CONGRESS


House Democrats pass key budget bill
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House Democrats muscled through legislation on that would freeze the budgets of most cabinet departments and fund the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq for another year. The bill would cap the agencies' annual operating budgets at the $1.2 trillion approved for the recently finished budget year - a $46 billion cut of more than 3 percent from President Obama's request. It includes $159 billion to cover the wars. More

McKeon selected as next chairman of the House Armed Services Committee
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The House Republican Conference ratified U.S. Rep. Howard P. "Buck" McKeon, R-Calif., as the next Chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Armed Services. McKeon, currently the committee's Ranking Member, will assume the chairmanship when the 112th Congress convenes in January. More

Miller named chair of House Committee on Veterans' Affairs
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Speaker-designate John Boehner, R-Ohio, announced that Congressman Jeff Miller, R-Fla. has been elected Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs. The information was received in a news release from Miller's office. "It is certainly a great honor to have the opportunity to serve as chairman of an important committee that is so critical to our country," said Miller. "I'm eager to work hard in this new capacity for our veterans and retirees." More

New caucus leader vows to fight for Guard
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The new Republican co-chairman of the Senate's National Guard Caucus pledged to "fight as hard for the Guard as they fight for us." The enemy in this fight is Defense Department, said Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, who succeeds Sen. Christopher Bond of Missouri as Republican co-chairman of the 97-senator caucus, because Pentagon leaders are the ones who have been reluctant to provide adequate budgets for the Guard and have resisted efforts to increase the power and visibility of the Guard in the military's command structure. More

DEFENSE INDUSTRY


US Military headed the way of Detroit?
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The Pentagon is not designing any futuristic fighter jets. Teens' videogame consoles have more computing power than the military's most advanced precision-guided munitions. Much of the software used on military computers looks like a 1970s Atari disk operating system. This technology malaise is worsening, not getting better, a panel of experts said. More

EMPLOYMENT


Suit highlights reservists' job tensions
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A Goodyear service shop manager who is an Army reservist has sued the company, alleging the company is hurting his career because he has taken time off for his military training. Alan J. King's complaint is among a small but growing trend of claims by veterans who say that their service to the nation is causing them troubles in the workplace, according to the Reserve Officers Association, a Washington-based advocacy organization. More

EDUCATION


Senior officer professional military education as an equalizer
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When the congressionally chartered Commission on the National Guard and Reserves issued its report in 2008, two of the recommendations that jumped out for many of us who had spent years in the Reserve Components were numbers 81 and 84, both of which addressed the need to eliminate cultural differences and prejudices that still exist between Active Component and RC personnel. Many Reservists said, "It's about time." The reaction on the part of at least some members of the AC was different: "What prejudice?" More

Profits and scrutiny for colleges courting veterans
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When Congress moved in 2008 to sweeten tuition payments for veterans, it was celebrated as a way to ensure that military personnel returning from Iraq and Afghanistan could go to college at no cost and to replicate the historic benefits society gained from the G.I. Bill after World War II. Now, a year after payouts on the so-called Post-9/11 G.I. Bill started, the huge program has turned into a bonanza of another kind for the many commercial colleges in the United States that have seen their military revenues surge. More

RESERVE & GUARD MOBILIZED


National Guard (in Federal Status) and Reserve Activated as of Dec. 7, 2010
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This week the Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard announced a decrease in activated reservists, while the Army announced an increase. The net collective result is 526 fewer reservists activated than last week. At any given time, services may activate some units and individuals while deactivating others, making it possible for these figures to either increase or decrease. More

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