Legislation

You may remember Stuxnet, the virus believed to be developed to cripple Iran’s uranium enrichment facility at Natanz. You may also remember the Wikileaks phenomenon, which released hundreds of classified State Department 'cables' embarrassing U.S. and foreign diplomats across the globe. You may... Read more
As we celebrate 236 years of independence with family and friends, burgers on the grill, and fireworks, we remember and thank those that fought and continue to fight for American liberty. Happy 4th of July from the National Guard Association of the United States!
Last month the Pentagon released its Quadrennial Review of Military Compensation (QRMC) which assesses the effectiveness of military pay and benefits. Some of the biggest provisions of this year’s report recommend important changes in reserve retirement pay and benefits. Some provisions to note... Read more
Senate Republicans are floating the idea of establishing House-Senate working groups as a way to forge a compromise plan to avoid massive defense budget cuts in the coming year. Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH.) said that forming the bipartisan working groups would be a critical piece in getting lawmakers... Read more
House Armed Services Committee Chairman, Buck McKeon (R-CA), sent a letter yesterday to the House Rules Committee arguing that the provision in the Appropriations bill related to prohibiting the use of funds for sports sponsorship is subject to a point of order.  In essence, he is arguing that the... Read more
Last week the Department of Defense in a letter to Congressional members announced that it will stop scheduled Air Force transfers until Congress finalizes the 2013 budget. This is long overdue considering both the House and Senate months ago included language in the National Defense Authorization... Read more
"Hurry up and wait." - It's a familiar expression long associated with life in the armed forces: the endless lines, the delays while an assignment is being readied, or the long night before a major event. It's an expression we're becoming pretty familiar with, as well. NGAUS came out of the... Read more
Don't worry, loyal readers. We didn't die of heat stroke this week when temps shot up to "ZOMG, do we live on the sun!?" However, we're convinced that someone should engineer suits made of that Under Armour Heat Gear stuff since wool suits are crazy hot, and we've never been able to pull off the... Read more
The Air Force announced yesterday that it has withdrawn two C-27J cargo planes from Afghanistan and plan to replace them with C-130s to pick up the slack, presumably though the end of operations. This rings funny considering these two C-27Js, operated by the Maryland Air National Guard, were... Read more
Last week Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), the Co-Chairs of the Senate National Guard Caucus, reached out to the nominee for the next Chief of Staff of the Air Force, General Mark Welsh. They congratulated him, expressed their concerns about the current Air Force... Read more

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