Cost Effective Force

(Oct. 2, 2013) National Guardsmen will not have weekend drills as long as the government shutdown continues, NGAUS has been told. The funding for inactive duty training is not available as long as the federal government remains partially inoperative. Some states anticipated the shutdown and moved... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Oct. 1, 2013) Service members will not miss a paycheck during the shutdown of the federal government that began at midnight Monday when Congress failed to come up with a budget or a continuing resolution to continue funding government services and programs. But veterans... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Oct. 1, 2013) The chief of the National Guard Bureau expressed disappointment with the government shutdown that began at midnight Monday. Gen. Frank J. Grass said his concern is mainly with the civilian workforce and the military technicians. The Guard bureau released this... Read more
(Sept. 12, 2013) The active-component leadership in the Pentagon does not agree with a Defense Department panel’s recommendation last week that the reserve component remain at an operational level even after the war in Afghanistan ends. The recommendation from the Reserve Forces Policy Board... Read more
A review of all courses of action currently under discussion for the total Army in the Program Objective Memorandum for fiscal years 2015 to 2019 show they are all versions of proportional reductions of all three components. These proposals reduce our national defense capability and put homeland... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Sept. 3, 2013) A Defense Department panel is expected to endorse greater reliance on reserve-component troops when it makes a formal recommendation to leadership this week. Members of the Reserve Forces Policy Board will vote Thursday on how reserve-component troops should... Read more
“Senate Republicans and senior White House officials have quietly begun talks about the kind of sweeping fiscal legislation needed to lessen or void sequestration, raising hopes of a deal from miniscule to slight.”  This was a recent lead in a Defense News story discussing the potential for... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Aug. 20, 2013) For the first time, the Pentagon has given an Air National Guard unit the certification to drop nuclear bombs. The 131st Bomb Wing at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., passed the Defense Department’s Initial Nuclear Surety Inspection and may assist with the... Read more
NGAUS Washington Post (Aug. 6, 2013) The Associated Press has learned that furloughs facing Defense Department civilians, including 48,000 uniformed National Guard dual-status technicians, have been cut from 11 days to six. The report was circulated early this afternoon. The AP quotes officials... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (July 30, 2013) The House included several provisions to bolster National Guard readiness and capabilities in the version of the fiscal 2014 National Defense Appropriations Act, H.R. 2397, it passed July 24. The defense spending bill provides funding over the president... Read more

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