Personnel & Benefits

In a briefing Monday afternoon, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel outlined key priorities in the fiscal 2015 defense budget. Highlights: Reduction of tactical air squadrons to include the entire A-10 fleet. Retire 80 more aircraft, including the entire KC-10 tanker fleet and the Global Hawk Block... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Feb. 25, 2014) Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s rollout of the Pentagon budget Monday prompted quick and angry responses from several quarters. Especially targeted were plans to cut to the size of the Army National Guard, the transfer of AH-64 Apache helicopters from the... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Feb. 25, 2104) Governors who met with President Barack Obama Monday say he defended cuts to the National Guard found in the fiscal 2015 defense budget proposal released the same day. “He said, ‘If I hear any of you pushing back, making statements about Washington spends... Read more
WASHINGTON (Feb. 24, 2014) ― The National Guard Association of the United States today released the following statement by retired Maj. Gen. Gus Hargett, the NGAUS president: “We are disappointed, but hardly surprised, that today’s Pentagon budget preview ignores the advice of Congress and the... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Feb. 18, 2014) Sen. Roy. Blunt, R-Mo., is seeking the signatures of his Senate colleagues on a letter asking Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to resolve the squabble between the Army and the Army National Guard over force structure and aviation assets for the Guard that will... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Feb. 18, 2014) The head of the Association of the United States Army says a commission to study the structure is a bad idea that might hurt readiness. Retired Gen. Gordon Sullivan, a former Army chief of staff, made his feelings known in a letter last week to Rep. John... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Feb. 18, 2014)  Congress easily passed and President Barack Obama quickly signed legislation that eliminates the cost-of-living cap placed on military retirement pay for working-age retirees. NGAUS supported the legislation. The Senate passed the bill 95-3 last week, one... Read more
The Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments (CSBA) unveiled last week the results of an exercise designed to offer alternatives to the Pentagon’s fiscal 2015 Budget and Quadrennial Defense Review. Teams of analysts from CSBA, the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), the Center for a New... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Feb. 4, 2014) The Army National Guard would field AH-64 Apache helicopters in four attack reconnaissance battalions and two attack reconnaissance squadrons under a proposal from the National Guard Bureau. The bureau is responding to a plan from the Army to remove all... Read more
(Jan. 30, 2014) The Air Force should shift missions and personnel from the active component to the reserve component, but maintain its current size, a congressional panel recommends after a year of gathering testimony about the service. The National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force... Read more

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