Legislation

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
General Mark Welsh, the Air Force’s 20th Chief of Staff, introduced himself to the nation's airmen and women on Friday in his first official letterafter being sworn in by Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley. NGAUS applauded the Senate for confirming Gen. Walsh to be the next Air Force Chief... Read more
In case you missed it, the Air National Guard was featured in a great piece last night on CBS Evening News that discusses how the Air National Guard has significantly improved its recruiting numbers by participating in national Air Shows and showing off rock star Air Guard pilots performing dynamic... Read more

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