Cost Effective Force

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
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
The House Appropriations Committee on Defense released the report to accompany their draft FY13 funding bill today. The bill is very positive for the National Guard. For the Air National Guard, the bill would prohibit the retirement or transfer of all aircraft including C-27J aircraft. The bill... Read more
We bring this second week of May (already?) to a close with a weekly wrap up, our new Friday feature summarizing everything that's happened this week and a preview of what to expect next week. What we've been up to....-On Monday, NGAUS started a blog. Obviously. (Thanks for reading!)-On Tuesday,... Read more
After a grueling battle of amendments, the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) passed their version of the FY13 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) out of committee this morning at 2 a.m. The bill includes several NGAUS priorities, including halting cuts to the Air National Guard. The bill... Read more

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