Legislation

House and Senate Appropriations Committee leadership unveiled Jan. 13 a $1.1 trillion funding bill for fiscal 2014 that includes all 12 appropriations bills. The House and Senate had previously approved their own versions of the defense and military construction funding bills. However, a budget... Read more
Created in the fiscal 2013 National Defense Authorization Act, the National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force has been tasked to submit a report, containing a “comprehensive study and recommendations to the President and Congressional Defense committees … to help determine whether, and... Read more
As 2013 draws to an end, there is a strong sense that change is in the air. The United States finds itself winding down a major ground campaign in Afghanistan and pivoting its security doctrine towards the Pacific. New threats in the cyber domain have placed additional roles for our nation’s... Read more
It is the National Guard’s Birthday week, and a lot of things happened! WEPTAC The Air National Guard held its 32nd Annual Weapons and Tactics Conference (WEPTAC) this week after being pushed back due to the government shutdown in October.  Warfighters from across the country gathered in Tucson,... Read more
The National Guard is America’s first military organization and for 377 years the men and women of the National Guard have proven they can meet any challenge. Since the tragic events of 9/11, the National Guard has transformed from a strategic reserve into an operational force. As our military... Read more
A recent TIME Magazine article by Mark Thompson, “Reshaping the Army,"  argues that the United States Army is at a crossroads, struggling to find its role in an uncertain budgetary future.  After over a decade of conflict in Afghanistan and Iraq, an Asian “pivot” that focuses primarily on increased... Read more
After a 16-day government shutdown and just before the U.S. was set to reach its borrowing limit, Congress cleared, and the president signed H.R. 2775, the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2014, a measure to reopen the government and lift the debt ceiling. The law funds the government through January... Read more
In a time when Congress can agree to very little, cyber security funding appears to be one thing everyone can agree on – especially in defense. The 2014 Defense budget put forward earlier this year allocated $4.7 billion for cyber-operations, up from $3.9 billion in 2013. This is interesting,... Read more
A review of all courses of action currently under discussion for the total Army in the Program Objective Memorandum for fiscal years 2015 to 2019 show they are all versions of proportional reductions of all three components. These proposals reduce our national defense capability and put homeland... Read more
Wildfires this summer are showing why the National Guard should remain the go-to force in the U.S. military when additional help is needed to stem these raging blazes. Yet the Defense Department has made noises about removing this effort from the Air National Guard and transferring it to active-... Read more

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