Andrew Waldman

Samsung smartphones and Blackberry 10 phones are now OK to use on DoD networks.  Furloughs may not affect some National Guardsmen as badly as expected. It seems that at least one state expects military technician furloughs to be less severe than originally thought.  United HealthCare, the... Read more
The President's Budget was submitted to Congress Wednesday, and it looks like the administration is requesting a little less for the Guard than was in the budget last year. And there are several major cancellations in the budget that could affect the Guard, including C-27Js, AH-64 Apache upgrades... Read more
The National Guard and Reserve full-time workforce has been in the news lately because of the furloughs that they are facing due to sequestration.  The original furlough has been cut from 22 to 14 days. That is okay news for the Guard, though it's far from optimal. Another announcement was made... Read more
A quick look back at National Guard stories from this week:  Tuition assistance is on its way back, hopefully. The recently-signed continuing resolution reinstates tuition assistance, but there is no timeline attached. (via Stars and Stripes) Death by 1,000 cuts. Is the active Army trying to poach... Read more
Yesterday, Mary Catherine Ott ran down some of the cuts that could come to the Air Force and its components if the sequester goes into effect March 1. The National Guard Bureau has been hitting this theme all week with stories on its website and even a special "Sequestration: Across-the-Board Cuts... Read more
Budget sequestration has been a major discussion topic in the defense community for some time. The Defense Department resisted even planning for sequestration for many months, but it now seems more and more likely that it will happen.  Cuts will affect the Guard. That much is certain. But what... Read more
Media outlets in Washington are reporting that Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is planning to lift the ban on women serving in combat-graded positions.  In reality, women have been engaging in close-quarters combat for many years, including the entire duration of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.... Read more
A new analysis from Lauren Bailey at the Department of Veterans Affairs breaks down the falling unemployment rates for all veterans across the nation. The unemployment rate for all Veterans was 7.0 percent—still below the national average of 7.8 percent.  For post-9/11 veterans, the rate was 10.8 ... Read more
Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, a decorated war hero, senator and fervent National Guard supporter, died Monday at the age of 88.  Inouye was well-known in the halls of the Capitol as a quiet but effective senator. He was first elected to Congress as a House member in 1959, the same year Hawaii... Read more
If you are a repeat visitor to the NGAUS website, you probably noticed some improvements today.  After nine months of hard work, NGAUS has launched this updated version of the website. Visitors will now be able to access information much more easily than they could before, and new additions -- like... Read more