Legislation

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
“Senate Republicans and senior White House officials have quietly begun talks about the kind of sweeping fiscal legislation needed to lessen or void sequestration, raising hopes of a deal from miniscule to slight.”  This was a recent lead in a Defense News story discussing the potential for... Read more
The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday passed their version of the Fiscal Year 2014 Defense Appropriations bill, H.R. 2397, which includes robust funding to ensure the National Guard remains fully operational and engaged in domestic and overseas operations.   NGAUS is thankful for the... Read more
While the National Guard continues to carry out its dual mission as an operational force at home and abroad, increasing response of Guardsmen to natural disasters has highlighted the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC) as integral to providing affected states with assistance.   ... Read more
The National Guard Bureau recently launched a campaign aimed at slowing the alarming sexual assault increases throughout the military. The campaign, part of a DoD-wide effort, has three phases aligning with the Secretary of Defense’s goals. The first phase began on June 28 with mandatory training... Read more
I read with interest the opinion piece by Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, in The Washington Post last week. In The Military Needs to Reach Out to Civilians, the general remarked on the need for a better relationship between the military and the civilian population... Read more
Civil war in Syria, intelligence leaks, tenuous relations with foreign powers, and heated budget debates have created an aura of uncertainty and skepticism throughout the U.S. defense and intelligence community. News stories often focus on conflict, not on quiet diplomacy and nation-building... Read more
Pentagon leaders exempted uniformed personnel from the sequester to limit the impact of ongoing budget debates on military readiness. However, they did not include the approximately 53,000 National Guard military technicians in that exemption. These technicians support the readiness of troops not... Read more

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