Cost Effective Force

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
(Dec. 31, 2012) The Reserve Forces Policy Board has crunched the numbers to make clear that the cost of a National Guard or Reserve troop is much less than that of an active-component member. The RFPB released findings of a report this month that shows the annual cost to the federal government for... Read more
Via Congressional Budget Office: Under current law, a sharp reduction in the federal budget deficit between 2012 and 2013 will cause the economy to contract, the Congressional Budget Off ice projects, but will also put federal debt on a path more likely to be sustainable over time. To illustrate... Read more
The House Appropriations Committee approved the defense spending bill for the coming fiscal year today. The panel adopted a number of amendments to the $607.7 billion draft measure for fiscal 2013, including: Representative Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) – The amendment adds report language to clarify... Read more

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