The Air Force is still in the proverbial doghouse over its use of BRAC 2005 to introduce its Total Force realignment plans for the Air National Guard. The issue so inflamed state and national officials that Congress asked the GAO to review just how effective (or ineffective) the service was in working with the “stakeholders.” What the GAO found, documented in a recent report, was a mixed bag. USAF consulted the ANG leadership, leaving it up to them to “represent the states’ perspectives,” said the GAO. Even some elements within the active Air Force felt left out of the process, noted the report. The Congressional watchdog agency also claims USAF “lacks a fully developed management framework to guide the process and evaluate the results.”
A majority of panelists convened by the Atlantic Council to assess the situation in Ukraine believe that Russia will have enough forces—and recent practice in Belarus—to invade Ukraine within a month. A senior Air Force official concurred, saying the service expects the conflict soon.