Department of Defense Appropriations for Fiscal Year 2016, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Defense, Committee on Appropriations, United States Senate, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, First Session, April 29, 2015   [open pdf - 2MB]

This is from the April 29, 2015 hearing, "Department of Defense Appropriations for Fiscal Year 2016" before the Subcommittee on Defense of the Senate Committee on Appropriations. TFrom the opening statement of Thad Cochran: "The Guard and Reserve provide vital support to our homeland defense and Overseas Contingency Operations. They are integral in maintaining our national security interests. Since 2001, the Reserve components have evolved from a purely strategic force in Reserve to a strategic and operational Reserve. In this role, they maintain a high state of readiness in the event they are called to duty. Funding for the Guard and Reserve, which is contained within the budget request of the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines, totals $46.7 billion for fiscal year 2016. The request is $1.7 billion more than the current level of spending. Despite this modest in- crease, the future readiness of the Guard and Reserve remains in jeopardy. The uncertainty of the fiscal environment and the evolving requirements of mobilized guardsmen and reservists at home and abroad continue to challenge all of us." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Frank J. Grass, Stanley E. Clarke III, Timothy J. Kadavy, Jeffrey W. Talley, Robin R. Braun, James Jackson, and Richard P. Mills.

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