New National Guard Vice Chief Nominated
An exciting start to a Monday! As you all may know, last year's National Guard Empowerment bill that passed in the FY12 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) included the creation of the Vice Chief, National Guard position. Today, we can confirm that Air Force Maj. Gen. Joseph L. Lengyel's nomination for this position was approved. The DoD press release reads:
"Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta announced today that the President has made the following nomination:
Air Force Maj. Gen. Joseph L. Lengyel for the rank of lieutenant general and for assignment as vice chief, National Guard Bureau, Washington, D.C. Lengyel is currently serving as the senior U.S. defense official; chief, Office of Military Cooperation; and defense attaché, Cairo, U.S. Central Command, Cairo, Egypt."
The nomination is in the Senate for confirmation.
Other fun tidbits for your Monday:
- With growing support for answers on how the administration will handle sequestration and with language in both the House and Senate Financial Services appropriation draft bills, it looks like it may simply be a matter of when — not whether — the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) will draw up and disclose its sequester plans to Congress with details about how the sequester would be applied.
- Congressional Quarterly (CQ) reports today that partisan sparring over spending bills by Senate appropriators last week signaled the challenges the chamber will face in advancing any of the bills as stand-alone measures this year. So, omnibus talk already, that's not great news.
- Montana Governor, Brian Schweitzer, filed a lawsuit against the Defense Department on Friday to block any plans to take away the state's Air National Guard mission without a suitable replacement.
- The Government Accountability Office (GAO) is not too stoked about the ever-rising cost of the F-35 program in a report released Friday.