- Nancy Pelosi is adamant: Congress worked together when Bush was president
- ‘Slender Man’ stabbing victim receives Purple Heart from anonymous veteran
- Kentucky city called socialist for buying gas station, undercutting competitor fuel prices
- Israel hits five mosques, sports complex in overnight Gaza strikes
- Hillary Clinton dogged for refusing reporters’ questions on book tour
- EPA tweet baffles: ‘I’m now a C-List celebrity in Kim Kardashian: Hollywood’ iPhone game
- Australian P.M. Abbott: MH17 evidence tampered with on ‘industrial scale’
- Rep. Luis Gutierrez tells Hispanics to vote and ‘punish those’ who oppose amnesty
- Country singer Tim McGraw not sorry for slapping female fan: ‘Things happen’
- Iraq vet cited for owning 14 therapeutic pet ducks
Governors unite against National Guard cuts
Condemn Pentagon plans to reduce force
Question of the Day
In a rare case of unanimity, the nation's governors said Friday they are prepared to fight a Pentagon plan that would greatly reduce the number of Army National Guard soldiers available to respond to national emergencies.
In a letter issued issued to President Obama, the governors of all 50 states said that they strongly oppose proposed cuts to the Army National Guard called for in the budget blueprint outlined by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel this week.
The Pentagon unveiled a plan to trim the number of its Army National Guard and Army Reserve soldiers from 557,000 to 530,000. Defense Department officials warned that the number could be further reduced if the Pentagon "sequestration" budget cuts in 2016.
Currently, the Army National Guard has 355,000 soldiers and the Army Reserve has 205,000 soldiers. Under the Pentagon's fiscal 2015 recommendations, those numbers would shrink to 335,000 Army National Guard soldiers and 195,000 Army Reserve soldiers.
The governors described the cuts as “a pre-2001 strategic reserve construct” and called for keeping Army National Guard at a level of at least 350,000.
“The modern National Guard is a highly experienced and capable combat force and an essential state partner in responding to domestic disasters and emergencies,” the letter states. “A return to a pre-9/11 role squanders the investment and value of the Guard and discredits its accomplishments at home and as an active combat force.”
© Copyright 2014 The Washington Times, LLC. Click here for reprint permission.
About the Author
Maggie Ybarra is military affairs and Pentagon correspondent for The Washington Times. She can be reached at email@example.com.
- Former VA official guilty of prohibited hiring practices, preferential treatment: IG
- MH17: Pro-Russian separatists to blame for downed Malaysia jet, initial U.S. intel reports suggest
- U.S., China to participate in unprecedented joint ground force exercise
- Pentagon, Arlington to train for shooter situation
- DoD, Congress spar over proposed $5B counterterrorism fund
TWT Video Picks
U.S. appetite for drugs begets violence migrants are fleeing
- IRS seeks help destroying another 3,200 computer hard drives
- Hillary Clinton dogged for refusing reporters' questions on book tour
- Jewish woman booted from JetBlue flight over fight with Palestinian
- YOUNG: A sinking presidency, deeper after November?
- Edward Snowden to work with Russia on anti-spy technology
- U.S. scrambles as violence escalates in Israel-Hamas conflict
- PRUDEN: A deadly enemy within exacerbating immigration crisis
- MERRY: Handicaps in Hillary's way
- Rep. Jared Polis' anti-fracking crusade riles Colorado
- EDITORIAL: Snipers from the left target Hillary
Obama's biggest White House 'fails'
Celebrities turned politicians
Athletes turned actors
20 gadgets that changed the world
Fighting in Iraq