Legislation

Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, Army Chief of Staff, will be addressing the NGAUS conference in Reno, Nevada during the first business session on Monday, September 10. The majority of his keynote address will be a Q&A session with NGAUS members.  If you are not attending, but would like to ask Gen.... Read more
We sure are, and we hope to see you in Reno, Nevada as we gather with fellow National Guard men and women from all 50 States, Guam, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the District of Columbia.  This year's conference theme is "The National Guard: Hometown Force, Global Reach." During the day... Read more
Sequester seems to be the only thing people are talking about these days in the defense community, and with good reason. As we reported in an earlier post, congressional leaders announced earlier this month that they will most likely move to a “clean” stop gap spending measure through a six-month... Read more
Last year, Congress included a bipartisan amendment, sponsored by Senators Blunt (R-MO) and Gillibrand (D-NY) and Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO), in the National Defense Authorization Act to protect members of the National Guard under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act. This... Read more
A pro-defense think tank has issued a new report that shows by congressional district the impact on local businesses of the potential $500 billion in across-the-board budget cuts looming in January. The report does not include any assumptions about potential military or civilian personnel... Read more
Today NGAUS hosted four Army National Guard Outstanding Soldiers/Non-Commission Officers of the Year. Earlier this month, seven Soldiers and seven non-commissioned officers competed in a head to head in the Army National Guard's Best Warrior Competition to see who was the best of the best. The... Read more
Broken Reserve System Needs To Be Fixed By Gus L. Hargett, Jr., president, National Guard AssociationOriginally appeared in The Hill's Congress Blog on 8/17/2012 Now is the time to merge the National Guard and the Reserve into one force because, despite a claim in an earlier Congress blog, the... Read more
Severe cuts to the military that may come as a result of sequestration next year may adversely impact the National Guard, and by extension, domestic security, former Pentagon leaders said. Paul McHale, a former Democratic congressman from Pennsylvania who also served as assistant secretary of... Read more
Imagine if there was a nuclear attack in the United State today. Who would be there to respond, to help save lives? Local and state authorities, as well as first responders, would no doubt be overwhelmed. The National Guard inevitably would be called out in support missions, and if the damage was... Read more
Congressional leaders may want a “clean” stop gap spending measure, but lawmakers already are showing they have different ideas of what makes a bill clean. Leaders likely will wait until September to decide what, if any, additions or changes will be permitted to the six-month continuing resolution... Read more

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