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|California Armed Forces|
The Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of California is the military force of the Federal Republic of California. It is divided into three branches, the Army, the Air Force, and the Navy. The Army is the largest of the three branches, with [X] personnel, and the Air Force is a close second with [X] personnel. The Navy is the smallest in terms of manpower and budget, and is rapidly scrapping and selling the former vessels of the United States Navy it inherited after the secession of the state of California.
The overall head of the Armed Forces is the President of California, and the second in command is the Secretary of Defense, the head of the California Department of Defense (DoD). The DoD, in conjunction with the President, is responsible for developing and executing military policy, and the Secretary of Defense is the President's principal military advisor, though other advisory bodies such as the California Joint Chiefs of Staff (Article 5) exist to help the President make informed military decisions.
The Army is the largest branch of the Californian armed forces, with 250,000 active personnel and a further 110,000 reservists. This is enough to field 22 infantry brigades, five armored brigades, and their assorted support assets. The Army primarily operates leftover US equipment; its primary service rifle is the M16A2. It operates a large fleet of M113A3s, Humvees, and M2/M3 Bradley IFVs. The Army has six M1 Abrams tank battalions numbering 58 tanks each, with an additional 62 tanks in storage to be used as an attrition reserve, or mobilized as additional personnel become available. The Army also operates a large number of LAV-25s and AAVP7A1 APCs inherited from Marine units stationed at San Diego.
The Army's primary mission at this point in time is ensuring the border security of the FRC, preventing Mormom incursions from the east, and cartel incursions from the south. Its doctrine emphasizes infantry-centric counterinsurgency operations and peacekeeping, given the chaotic state of affairs to the east of California and the unrest that often presents itself within Californian borders. FRC Army troops are often used to supplement Californian authorities in civil policing roles, though they are always supervised by a local police liaison.
The primary mission of the California Air Force (FRCAF) is to provide a responsive interceptor force to ensure the security of Californian airspace - its secondary role is the support of FRC Army ground troops. This is reflected by the composition of the Air Force. The FRCAF possesses no dedicated strategic bomber or CAS aircraft. Three F-15C squadrons make up the entirety of the Air Force's fighter arm, though the Air Force plans to acquire more than 40 F-16s from the US later in 2011.
Noncombat aircraft in the FRCAF include the KC-135 Stratotanker, a squadron of MQ-1 Predator UAVs, and a squadron of HH-60G SAR aircraft and MC-130P C2/tanker planes. The top acquisition priority of the FRCAF at the moment is a medium cargo aircraft - at the moment the FRCAF is almost entirely relying on civilian aircraft to fill that role. California is interested in producing Texan C-130s for this purpose, or potentially buying a limited number of Alenia C-27J Spartans.