Cost Effective Force

“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
WASHINGTON (July 26, 2013) NGAUS today released the following statement by retired Maj. Gen. Gus L. Hargett Jr., the NGAUS president: “The House of Representatives sent a clear message to the Pentagon this week in its version of the fiscal 2014 Defense Appropriations Act: Keep the National Guard... Read more
The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday passed their version of the Fiscal Year 2014 Defense Appropriations bill, H.R. 2397, which includes robust funding to ensure the National Guard remains fully operational and engaged in domestic and overseas operations.   NGAUS is thankful for the... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (July 16, 2013) The NGAUS president planned to tell an influential group today to stem the fiscal crisis affecting the government and the Pentagon by growing the National Guard and shrinking the active-component force. Retired Maj. Gen. Gus L. Hargett Jr. told a Reserve... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (July 16, 2013) Secretary of the Army John McHugh warned last week that sequestration continues to threaten military readiness. "The furlough will have a degrading effect on the readiness of the Guard. That's inescapable," McHugh said during a visit Friday to the District... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (July 9, 2013) NGAUS wants congressional involvement in an upcoming meeting of the National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force. The association is sending to Capitol Hill this week a notice about the meeting to encourage lawmakers to take part. The meeting will be... Read more
I read with interest the opinion piece by Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, in The Washington Post last week. In The Military Needs to Reach Out to Civilians, the general remarked on the need for a better relationship between the military and the civilian population... Read more

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