USAF, Army Forced To Expand Guard Units

By Michael Bruno
Source: Aviation Week & Space Technology
October 14, 2013
Credit: U.S. Defense Department

For the U.S. Army and Air Force, it is still far from their state-militia origins, but it could be a big step back to the beginning. After surging active forces to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the two armed services are considering restructuring and relying more on state-based National Guard units as a way to meet federal spending caps.

For Pentagon leaders, it is a reluctant—albeit viable—way to live with increasingly impenetrable annual spending ceilings under the 2011 Budget Control Act, which threatens nearly across-the-board cuts automatically.

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