More governors are pressing the attack on what they perceive as the Pentagon’s total lack of regard for state concerns. Colorado officials already have asked the Air Force to spell out how it will support the state during wildfire season since state National Guardsmen are overseas. And, just last week, Delaware Gov. Ruth Ann Minner, who was in Washington to testify before the Commission on the National Guard and Reserves, questioned the urgency of many Pentagon moves relative to the Guard. She complained in a written statement about the lack of consultation when the Air Force decided to eliminate Delaware’s only Air National Guard flying unit as part of BRAC 2005, saying USAF tried “to sneak changes by while no one was looking.” North Caroline Gov. Michael Easley told commissioners that proposed realignment of “versatile” Army Guard combat units with combat support units “would result in a significant loss of emergency response and recovery capabilities … [and] impair the ability of governors to move quickly in the case of disaster events.”
Top experts and observers stressed the importance of air superiority in Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine during a Sept. 26 forum in Washington D.C.—and pushed hard for the U.S. to supply Ukraine with advanced weapons as quickly as possible.