Cost Effective Force

NGAUS Washington Report (May 21, 2013) Army Times says the Pentagon is preparing to send a report to Congress that details how reserve-component (RC) troops are cheaper to the taxpayers than their active-component (AC) counterparts, even when mobilized.    The study is based two years of... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (May 21, 2013) Most National Guard military technicians and civilian employees can expect 11 furlough days before the end of the fiscal year, National Guard Bureau officials said May 16.    The move comes after Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel gave official notice the day... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (May 21, 2013) Proposed National Guard spending in the Defense Department's budget request for overseas contingency operations next year is down significantly from fiscal 2013.    The Pentagon is seeking $393.4 million for personnel costs and $199.3 million for... 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
NGAUS Washington Report (April 23, 2013) Overseas deployments for the Army National Guard and Army Reserve to places like Kosovo and the Sinai may end as the Army looks for ways to save money. The service’s Office of Legislative Liaison delivered a memo last week to both chambers of Congress... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (April 23, 2013) Traditional assumptions about force structure deserve reconsideration in the current fiscal environment, the chief of the National Guard Bureau said last week. During testimony on Capitol Hill, Gen. Frank J. Grass was asked about the optimum mix of active... Read more
Issue OverviewToday’s National Guard is a modern, accessible military force that trains and performs to the same standards as their Active Duty counterparts at a fraction of the cost. In this cost-conscious budgetary environment, the answer to an affordable defense force lies not in cutting the... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Feb. 26, 2013) NGAUS is asking Congress to find an alternative to sequestration, which would cause great harm to the National Guard if the $85 billion in cuts for the current fiscal year kick in Friday. Gen. Frank J. Grass, the chief of the National Guard Bureau, has... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Feb. 19, 2013) Sequestration and a yearlong continuing resolution would significantly hinder the National Guard’s ability to protect and defend the homeland, Gen. Frank J. Grass told the Senate Armed Services Committee last week. “Sequestration will be devastating to the... Read more
WASHINGTON (Jan. 16, 2013) — Army and Air National Guardsmen nationwide are applauding a new Reserve Forces Policy Board report that recommends the Pentagon account for  full life-cycle costs when calculating personnel expenses, especially when comparing the cost of  Guardsmen and Reservists with... Read more

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