Equipment & Modernization

In the current fiscally constrained environment, our federal government is facing difficult choices in prioritizing federal programs. Some of the most contentious discussions are taking place within the Department of Defense as they grapple with the drawn down of the wars and settle on new... Read more
Disasters in our homeland can occur at any time. Yet we now pretend that they will not occur between July 8 and Sept. 30 because the National Guard is being forced to furlough the military personnel who enable the military response to disasters in each of our states. Under the sequester and in... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (May 28, 2013) The House Armed Services subcommittee on seapower and projection forces provided some good news for the Air National Guard last week when it marked up its section of this year’s National Defense Authorization Act. It chastised the Air Force for having “no... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (May 21, 2013) Proposed National Guard spending in the Defense Department's budget request for overseas contingency operations next year is down significantly from fiscal 2013.    The Pentagon is seeking $393.4 million for personnel costs and $199.3 million for... Read more
(May 10, 2013) The Reserve Forces Policy Board has responded to a request from Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel about how best to use the National Guard and the Reserves. Their recommendations are good news for both reserve components if the Pentagon boss takes it to heart. In a report delivered  to... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (April 23, 2013) Overseas deployments for the Army National Guard and Army Reserve to places like Kosovo and the Sinai may end as the Army looks for ways to save money. The service’s Office of Legislative Liaison delivered a memo last week to both chambers of Congress... Read more
Issues Overview  Maintaining the National Guard as an operational force is vital to preserving over a decade of investment and gained experience. As our military shifts towards a new defensive strategy, the Department of Defense cannot operate on traditional standards and assumptions and must... Read more
Yesterday, Mary Catherine Ott ran down some of the cuts that could come to the Air Force and its components if the sequester goes into effect March 1. The National Guard Bureau has been hitting this theme all week with stories on its website and even a special "Sequestration: Across-the-Board Cuts... 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
Budget sequestration has been a major discussion topic in the defense community for some time. The Defense Department resisted even planning for sequestration for many months, but it now seems more and more likely that it will happen.  Cuts will affect the Guard. That much is certain. But what... Read more

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