The No. 2 person in the Defense Department is telling lawmakers on Capitol Hill that the Army National Guard cannot be trusted with the combat mission of the AH-64 Apaches, which is why the Army must move all of those aircraft to the service's active component.
Deputy Defense Secretary Christine Fox's briefing includes a slide saying, "Combat elements must be in the [active component]." The slides of her briefing were obtained by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. of Breaking Defense. He published a story based on the slides Monday.
The bill that would create a commission to study the structure of the Army is being revised to better address the transfer of all AH-64 Apache helicopters in the National Guard to the active component.
The bill, H.R. 3930, was introduced by Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., and has attracted about 170 co-sponsors. It also has the full support of NGAUS, which believes a commission review of the Army would favor an enhanced role for the Guard.
The Air Force fleet would prove inadequate against an enemy with high-tech airpower, according to a study from the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments. The study was revealed last week in a report from National Defense.
Too much of the Air Force arsenal is aging and behind the times in technology, the report says, referring to A-10s, F-15s, F-16s, B-52s and more. The services has only 187 modern F-22 Raptor fighters because it stopped production in 2010 in favor of the F-35, which is behind schedule and over budget.