The National Governors’ Association met with Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld over the weekend at their annual winter get together. The prime topic? Gubernatorial opposition to proposed DOD funding cuts for the National Guard. With the BRAC 2005 wound still festering for many governors, the latest Pentagon gambit must be déjà vu all over again. (We know of at least one that, at year’s end was still pursuing a lawsuit against Rumsfeld.) All the top state executives have signed a letter to President Bush, decrying the proposed cuts included in the 2007 defense budget request. The attention focuses mainly on the Army Guard, but the Air Force also plans to make cuts to the Air National Guard.
Boeing’s receipt of the 10th lot contract award for the KC-46 Pegasus this week leaves just three lots left to complete the Air Force’s buy of the tanker, although a further buy of 75 additional aircraft as a “bridge” to the Next-Generation Aerial-refueling System (NGAS) seems increasingly likely.