Legislation

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
Today, the House debated and passed H.R. 1960, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of Fiscal Year 2014, with a final vote of 315-108 with 12 representatives not voting. This bill, as mentioned in a previous blog post, includes many great provisions for the National Guard. Before final... Read more
This week is a busy week – the House of Representatives will be considering its version of the FY14 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), H.R 1960, on the floor. Meanwhile, the Senate Armed Services Committee will be marking its version S.1304. The House Armed Services committee passed H.R.... Read more
This week is a busy week – the House of Representatives will be considering its version of the FY14 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), H.R 1960, on the floor. Meanwhile, the Senate Armed Services Committee will be marking its version S.1304 tomorrow. The House Armed Services committee... Read more
In the current fiscally constrained environment, our federal government is facing difficult choices in prioritizing federal programs. Some of the most contentious discussions are taking place within the Department of Defense as they grapple with the drawn down of the wars and settle on new... Read more
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

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