Author(s)Cerfoglio, Kyle J
Contributor(s)MARINE CORPS COMMAND AND STAFF COLL QUANTICO VA
KeywordsMilitary Forces and Organizations
AIR FORCE OPERATIONS
UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT
*ARNG(AIR NATIONAL GUARD)
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AbstractThe Air National Guard has a dual mission both federally and domestically. This paper examines the Nevada Air National Guard as a case study to some of the options that are available for the Air Force to replace older aircraft with new missions. After a failed attempt to simply cut older missions residing in the National Guard, the Air Force must examine other options. In February of 2012 the Active Duty Air Force proposed an un-proportionally large cut to the Air National Guard. The personnel cuts were 3,900 Active Duty, 5,100 Air National Guard and 900 Air Force Reserve billets. An eight month political debate followed, and resulted in name-calling, mistrust, and finally in congressional oversight. The logical answer was to retire the older aircraft mainly residing in the Air Guard. The political debate was because of the importance of Air Guardsmen to the Governor and the state mission. The Air Forces need to modernize its fleet during a time of budget cuts further complicates the issues. It is possible to replace out of date missions within the Guard with newer needed missions, and still allow the Air Force to modernize at the same time.