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Lee amendment preserves National Guard Apache Fleet
St. George News
In the Senate Armed Services Committee, Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, successfully added an amendment recently to the National Defense Authorization Act that preserves the National Guard’s Apache helicopter fleet.
Lee’s amendment to the Army’s Aviation Restructuring Initiative extends the prohibition on AH-64 Apache helicopter transfers out of the National Guard for FY 2016.
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CAPE: Army helo cuts save $176 million a year over Guard plan
The Pentagon’s hardest-nosed accountants have endorsed the Army’s Aviation Restructure Initiative. ARI is a controversial cost-cutting plan which would retire the Vietnam-vintage OH-58 Kiowa scout helicopters and replace them with AH-64 Apache gunships taken from the National Guard. The Army said ARI, once fully implemented, would save $1.09 billion a year. In a document obtained by Breaking Defense, the independent Cost Assessment & Program Evaluation (CAPE) estimate comes in almost the same, at $906 million.
New House panel backs 2.3 percent pay raise for troops
House appropriators' draft plan for next year's defense budget includes money for a 2.3 percent pay raise for troops — the third military pay plan in as many budget bills this spring.
The move leaves open the possibility that service members could see their paychecks keep pace next year with the expected rise in average private-sector wages, over objections from Pentagon leaders who want a smaller boost so they can have more money for other programs.
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House spending bill includes inflated OCO
Defying opposition from conservative Republicans and liberal Democrats, House appropriators are proposing a Pentagon spending bill with nearly $90 billion in a politically controversial war account. The House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday morning released its 2016 Pentagon-funding bill, which proposes $578.6 billion in defense spending. That includes an $88.4 billion overseas contingency operations (OCO) account, setting up a potential battle on the House floor.
Defense bill skirts sequestration, could draw an Obama veto
The Washington Post
President Obama should stick to his word and veto the fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill if congressional Republicans attach an extra $38 billion to the so-called Overseas Contingency Operations account, which pays for fighting and counterterrorism operations in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and elsewhere.
As passed May 15 by the House — and by the Senate Armed Services Committee the day before — the bill would authorize that amount for the OCO but direct it to pay core or base costs for the Defense Department, not war fighting.
Playing politics with defense spending
The Washington Post (commentary)
There isn’t much bipartisan governance left in Washington, but if anything still fits that description, it’s probably the annual defense authorization act, which sets spending levels and policy for the Pentagon, and, therefore, usually brings Republicans and Democrats together in support of national security and the troops. On April 30, the Republican-led House Armed Services Committee approved a $600 billion-plus bill by a bipartisan vote of 60 to 2. Recently, the Senate counterpart did the same, by a bipartisan vote of 22 to 4.
Now that the bill is headed to the full House, however, President Obama is threatening a veto and House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi is urging her caucus to vote no.
Dempsey: Aspirations exceeding resources
DoD News via Fort Hood Sentinel
America’s global aspirations "are exceeding our available resources," the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told Congress May 6.
At a hearing of the Senate Appropriations Committee’s defense subcommittee, Army Gen. Martin Dempsey said the world is in the most uncertain global security environment he has seen in his 40 years of service.
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Washington inches toward another fiscal cliff
The Fiscal Times
After a long day of partisan finger pointing over the Amtrak train disaster, bickering over the defense budget, and worrying that the government is short-changing vital highway and infrastructure projects, the White House and congressional leaders recently appeared to be running out of time to avert another fiscal cliff this summer.
Hobbled by a new Republican fiscal 2016 budget plan that both parties acknowledge is inadequate to meet pressing defense and domestic spending challenges, Congress is inching toward a spending crisis.
Did New Hampshire National Guard pay Patriots $225,000 to salute the troops?
Advertising Age via NH Angle
On May 7, John McCain, released an "America's Most Wasted" report targeting a "$225,000 deal between the New England Patriots and the Massachusetts and New Hampshire Guard" that includes "the 'True Patriot' program, in which the team recognized members of the Guard during half-time at home games."
Colorado, Oklahoma Guard members commemorate liberation of Dachau concentration camp
140th Wing Public Affairs via National Guard
Senior leaders from the Colorado and Oklahoma National Guard traveled recently to Munich, Germany, in honor of the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Dachau Concentration Camp at the end of World War II.
Dachau was the first concentration camp set up by the National Socialists, more commonly known as the Nazis, prior to World War II, and served as a model for all later concentration camps. In its 12 years of existence, more than 200,000 people from throughout Europe were imprisoned there and over 41,500 were murdered prior to its liberation on April 29, 1945.
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Guard Your Health launches "FitText" initiative
Guard Your Health
On April 15, Guard Your Health launched FitText, a text messaging initiative centered on maximizing physical training (PT), preparing for the Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT), and increasing overall fitness among Army National Guard (ARNG) Soldiers and their families.
Guard Your Health, a campaign out of the Army National Guard Chief Surgeon’s Office, provides ARNG Soldiers and family members with the information, motivation, and support they need to overcome challenges and make healthy decisions for themselves, their units, and their families. The campaign supports the Chief Surgeon’s greater efforts to build a fit, medically ready, resilient Citizen-Soldier force, which includes increasing APFT passing rates across all units. Guard Your Health aims to provide Soldiers with the actionable tips they need to improve their APFT scores and holistic fitness through the FitText initiative.
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