After months of waiting, the Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee (SAC-D) finally approved by voice vote their Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) as well as legislation passed in the House, in terms of the National Guard. In his opening statement, Chairman Daniel K. Inouye (D-HI) stated “the bill provides over $800 million to comply with the Senate Armed Services Committee's...Read full story
The House has no plans to move forward this week on a catch-all spending bill to avert the government shutdown, sources confirmed today.
Congress will instead leave town for a five-week recess without voting on a continuing resolution (CR) or even introducing it, sources said.
“No CR this week,” one GOP aide said, adding that there is “zero chance” of text appearing this week....Read full story
National Guard Bureau press release:
Last night, the U.S. Senate confirmed Army Lt. Gen. Frank Grass to be the next chief of the National Guard Bureau and Air Force Maj. Gen. Joseph Lengyel to be vice chief. Grass, who also will be a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will...
Yesterday the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities held a hearing on the “Digital Warrior: Improving Military Capabilities for Cyber Operations." Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-Tex.) and Ranking Member Jim Langevin (D-RI) questioned at length on the recruiting, training, development and retention of “Cyber Warriors” within each service. The witnesses included the...Read full story
General Norton A. Schwartz, Chief of Staff of the Air Force, has sure had a lot to say these days. For the past few days the Air Force Association has put out a few blurbs from Gen. Schwartz’s exit interview, many of which strike us as strange. Subjects have ranged from the future of the Total Force, to his legacy as Chief of Staff.
NGAUS Welcomes Arizona National Guard to DC
Today, NGAUS welcomed 40 young...Read full story
Air Force Backpedals on Air National Guard Cuts
Should we get our ears checked!? Are we hearing that correctly?\
Well, it appears it's not all just a dream after all. In his confirmation hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee yesterday, Air Force Chief of Staff nominee, Gen. Mark Welsh III, admitted to Congress that the service screwed up not including National...Read full story
The National Guard Association of the United States (NGAUS) and National Guard officers across the country appreciate the trust and confidence members of Congress showed today in the ability of the Guard to recruit and retain the soldiers and airmen that fill its ranks. By striking down an amendment that would have ended professional sports sponsorships as a recruiting tool, lawmakers in the...Read full story
House lawmakers this week are set to move two of the largest annual appropriations bills, the Defense and Labor-HHS-Education spending bills, and will also take a step toward finding a way to halt automatic spending cuts due early next year.
By week’s end, the House is expected to pass the annual defense measure (...Read full story
Today, the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness met to hold a hearing on the Department of the Air Force aircraft force structure reductions proposed in the 2013 President's budget request. The witnesses included Governor Terry Branstad of Iowa, Major General Timothy Lowenberg – TAG of the...Read full story
Tying into last week's post, and in response to a growing interest from our member, NGAUS has further analyzed further flaws in the Quadrennial Review of Military Compensation (QRMC).
Issue in Focus: Pay
- Current drill pay structure already compensates for significant differences between active forces and reserve component.
- Current 1/30th...
The final piece to be revealed in the defense legislative puzzle is the Defense Appropriations bill. Thus far, the Senate Appropriations Committee has yet to approve their version of the defense spending bill, while the House is moving towards full floor consideration, most likely next week. In the meantime, we continue to wait to see what funding the Senate Appropriations Committee on Defense...Read full story
You may remember Stuxnet, the virus believed to be developed to cripple Iran’s uranium enrichment facility at Natanz. You may also remember the Wikileaks phenomenon, which released hundreds of classified State Department 'cables' embarrassing U.S. and foreign diplomats across the globe. You may even remember President Obama...Read full story
As we celebrate 236 years of independence with family and friends, burgers on the grill, and fireworks, we remember and thank those that fought and continue to fight for American liberty. Happy 4th of July from the National Guard Association of the United States!
Last month the Pentagon released its Quadrennial Review of Military Compensation (QRMC) which assesses the effectiveness of military pay and benefits. Some of the biggest provisions of this year’s report recommend important changes in reserve retirement pay and benefits.
Some provisions to note:
- Retirement - recommends allowing reservist with 20 years of creditable...
Senate Republicans are floating the idea of establishing House-Senate working groups as a way to...Read full story