Legislation

Disasters in our homeland can occur at any time. Yet we now pretend that they will not occur between July 8 and Sept. 30 because the National Guard is being forced to furlough the military personnel who enable the military response to disasters in each of our states. Under the sequester and in... Read more
For the last 22 years, the National Guard’s Counter Drug Program has been a vital partnership with federal, state local law enforcement and private groups interested in safeguarding their communities from drug and drug violence. They have joined together to train and coordinate in drug enforcement... Read more
Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel will decide soon on the length of the furlough affecting over 800,000 DoD civilian employees, including National Guard military technicians. After the initial announcement that DoD would furlough its civilians for 22 weeks through September 30, Hagel reduced the... Read more
The Reserve Forces Policy Board’s January 2013 report entitled: “Eliminating Major Gaps in DoD Data on the Fully-Burdened and Life-Cycle Cost of Military Personnel: Cost Elements Should be Mandated by Policy”,  found that the cost of a reserve component (RC) service member when not activated is... Read more
The President's Budget was submitted to Congress Wednesday, and it looks like the administration is requesting a little less for the Guard than was in the budget last year. And there are several major cancellations in the budget that could affect the Guard, including C-27Js, AH-64 Apache upgrades... Read more
The Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System (MAFFS) is a self-contained unit used for aerial firefighting. For the Air National Guard (ANG), the operator of six MAFFS C-130s, this means a critical partnership with the U.S. Forest Service in response to domestic emergencies – the core mission of the... Read more
Have you heard there is a backlog for processing claims at the VA? Just kidding. By now, almost everyone in the country knows about the problem. But a recent investigation by the Center for Investigative Reporting quantifies how serious it is.   The CIR's report also showed that the average wait... Read more
The National Guard and Reserve full-time workforce has been in the news lately because of the furloughs that they are facing due to sequestration.  The original furlough has been cut from 22 to 14 days. That is okay news for the Guard, though it's far from optimal. Another announcement was made... Read more
This afternoon, Senators Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., David Vitter, R-La., Chris Coons, D-Delaware, Roy Blunt, R-Mo., Mary Landrieu, D-La., Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., Mark Warner, D-Va., and Patty Murray, D-Wash., introduced bipartisan legislation to expand cyber security capability in the National Guard... Read more
  On Monday, the House Appropriations Committee released draft language for a full-year Continuing Resolution and a Fiscal Year 2013 Defense spending bill agreed to by House and Senate defense appropriators. This bill would provide stop-gap funding for the federal government through the end of... Read more

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