Cost Effective Force

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
NGAUS Washington Report (Oct. 22, 2013) The Air Force says it can save $3.5 billion over five years by cutting the entire fleet of A-10s. The service made the claim in response to questions from Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., who had put a hold on the nomination of an Air Force secretary candidate... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Oct. 22, 2013) The Army National Guard is reorganizing its brigade combat teams to stay in step with rest of the Army, according to a report in Army Times. Six of the Guard’s 28 brigade combat teams will be reorganized this year, with the others to follow through fiscal... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Oct. 15, 2013) Word in Washington, D.C., is that a deal is about to be struck that could end the government shutdown now in its 15th day. But National Guardsmen shouldn’t be packing their bags for a weekend drill just yet. Senators are reported to be close to agreeing on... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Oct. 15, 2013) Sequestration seems to be a major sticking point as senators try to hammer out a deal to end the government shutdown and extend the debt limit three months. Defense News reports on its website today that ending sequestration, too, may be put off until at... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Oct. 8, 2013) Most National Guard dual-status technicians are back to work after Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced Saturday that most Defense Department civilian workers furloughed by the government shutdown could return to work. Hagel said the decision came after... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Oct. 8, 2013) NGAUS members take seriously the partial shutdown of the federal government. They responded to two Legislative Alerts with more than 9,000 responses. An alert one week ago asked the Defense Department to exempt certain Guard employees from furloughs caused by... Read more
By Retired Maj. Gen. Gus L. Hargett Jr. Congress and the president have an opportunity over the next two weeks to right a wrong enacted two years ago when they saddled the federal government with sequestration. Sequestration was their clumsy effort to reduce the nation’s deficit through automatic... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Oct. 4, 2013) NGAUS supports an effort by a bipartisan group of senators to find a way to pay National Guardsmen during the government shutdown. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark... Read more

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