Ike Skelton (D-Mo.), chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, and Solomon Ortiz (D-Tex.), chairman of the committee’s readiness panel, have commissioned two studies to address readiness issues and troop levels needed for current and future operations. In a joint statement, they note that the Congressional Budget Office should analyze troop levels for various scenarios in and out of Iraq, including options to address “identified readiness issues,” budgetary implications, and time frames needed to address readiness shortfalls. Skelton and Ortiz want the second study, by the Government Accountability Office, to concentrate on the status of prepositioned military stocks, gauging whether DOD plans to mitigate risks of a new conflict while it attempts to rebuild stocks.
Details Murky as ARRW Falls Short in Second Test
March 24, 2023
The second all-up flight of the AGM-183A Air-Launched Rapid Response Weapon on March 13 fell short of a fully successful test, but the Air Force isn’t saying what went wrong with the Lockheed Martin-built hypersonic missile. The defense giant's Missiles and Fire Control division recently said the ARRW is "ready…