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The Air Force for the past month, along with the other services, has been vocal on the devastating impact sequestration will have across the board. After testifying last week on the Hill, Chief of Staff of the Air Force Gen. Mark Welsh has continued to clarify and warn of what sequestration will do... Read more
The United States Senate defines a continuing resolution (CR) as “legislation in the form of a joint resolution enacted by Congress, when the new fiscal year is about to begin or has begun, to provide budget authority for Federal agencies and programs to continue in operation until the regular... Read more
I don’t like surprises. Even good surprises. They make me nervous. And being the center of attention during any type of public surprise would be the worst possible scenario. But I wonder if I’m alone in my distaste for public feel-good moments because there sure seem to be a lot of them. Andy... Read more
Budget sequestration has been a major discussion topic in the defense community for some time. The Defense Department resisted even planning for sequestration for many months, but it now seems more and more likely that it will happen.  Cuts will affect the Guard. That much is certain. But what... Read more
Last week, Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley published four opinion pieces on the future of the Air Force. Donley focused on three main areas: force structure, readiness and modernization. The theme: "We are smaller and likely to get even smaller at a time when our weapons are old and we... Read more
A new analysis from Lauren Bailey at the Department of Veterans Affairs breaks down the falling unemployment rates for all veterans across the nation. The unemployment rate for all Veterans was 7.0 percent—still below the national average of 7.8 percent.  For post-9/11 veterans, the rate was 10.8 ... Read more
Today the National Guard Bureau released its 2013 Air National Guard Weapons Systems Modernization Priorites book, illustrating the top funding priorities and requirements for this year. In October, warfighters from across the U.S. gathered in Tuscon, Ariz. for the 31st annual Weapons and Tactics... Read more
As we close out another great year at NGAUS and wave goodbye to 2012, we look back on what we set out to accomplish for the National Guard this year and reflect on our victories.  In January, the NGAUS legislative staff developed the Top Priorities, our annual list of issues that would be leading... Read more
This week, House and Senate Armed Services Committee panels agreed to a $633.3 billion defense authorization bill, after a weeklong conference committee to resolve contentious policy divisions. The final authorization bill is expected to go to the House floor later this afternoon and considered... Read more
Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, a decorated war hero, senator and fervent National Guard supporter, died Monday at the age of 88.  Inouye was well-known in the halls of the Capitol as a quiet but effective senator. He was first elected to Congress as a House member in 1959, the same year Hawaii... Read more

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