Cost Effective Force

NGAUS Washington Report (Dec. 10, 2013) A morning snowstorm closed the federal government in Washington, D.C., today, but defense industry leaders and National Guard leaders visited NGAUS headquarters for the association’s 17th Annual Industry Day where they heard a senator highlight the Guard’s... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Dec. 3, 2013) The National Guard and the Army have come out of discussions with different views of the service's future. Both aim to save money in this time of required budget cuts, but the Guard plan would keep 30,000 more soldiers in the Army Guard than the Army plan.... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Dec. 3, 2013) More than 100 chief executive officers of defense and aerospace industries have urged Congress to end sequestration, which, they say, is harming the economy and national security, according to a CNN report online. “We urge you to do whatever it takes to end... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Nov. 26, 2013) The Senate is currently considering its fiscal 2014 version of the National Defense Authorization Act. Included in the debate still to come are several amendments, several of which are supported by NGAUS. Here is a handful of amendments considered priorities... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Nov. 26, 2013) The Defense Department is again asking Congress to allow it to use a tool that would help alleviate draconian budget cuts possible under sequestration: the base realignment and closure process, or BRAC. The latest call came from Frank Kendall, the... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Nov. 19, 2013) An amendment to the Senate defense authorization bill would limit the effects of sequestration in 2014 in exchange for lower defense spending growth for several more years. The amendment being considered by Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Sen. Jeff Sessions,... Read more
The National Guard is America’s first military organization and for 377 years the men and women of the National Guard have proven they can meet any challenge. Since the tragic events of 9/11, the National Guard has transformed from a strategic reserve into an operational force. As our military... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Nov. 12, 2013) The service chiefs were blunt last week when they appeared before the Senate Armed Services Committee, telling the lawmakers that continued cuts under sequestration would have a serious impact on the battlefield. Gen. Ray Odierno, the Army chief of staff,... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Nov. 12, 2013) NGAUS asked its members last week through a Legislative Alert to urge members of the budget conference committee in Congress to take the high road and  amend the 2011 Budget Control Act if necessary to achieve compromise on future government spending... Read more
A recent TIME Magazine article by Mark Thompson, “Reshaping the Army,"  argues that the United States Army is at a crossroads, struggling to find its role in an uncertain budgetary future.  After over a decade of conflict in Afghanistan and Iraq, an Asian “pivot” that focuses primarily on increased... Read more

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