The reserve is not meant to mobilize as quickly as the active force, but that doesn't mean it should get shorted when it comes to new weapons.
—Michael C. Sirak
In fact, it’s part of “well-reasoned logic,” he said.
“It was never the intent of our founding fathers, nor is it the intent of the existing laws to make it as easy to reach out and touch that traditional Guardsman ... as it should be to reach out and tap our active component,” Wyatt explained.
But this construct shouldn’t mean that the Air Guard is on the outside looking in when it comes to the Air Force fielding new high-end weapon systems and gear, he said.
Indeed, as the active component and reserve component mull additional integration, the partnerships can accommodate this dynamic.
If there is a mission that requires availability faster than 72 hours, “maybe that needs to be a more heavily concentrated active component force mix,” he said.
Otherwise, given the nation’s ability to sense a coming major attack by a sophisticated foe, there would be “ample notice” for the Air Guard to be brought up, he said.
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