NGAUS Washington Report
(June 11, 2013) The nation's governors have asked congressional and Pentagon leadership to maintain the National Guard's capabilities while shrinking the military's overall size.
In letters last week, the National Governors Association asked Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and top officials of both the House and Senate Armed Services Committees to "ensure the Guard maintains its current level of capability and continues to serve as an integral partner to both governors and the federal government."
The letters were signed by Gov. Martin O'Malley, D-Md., Gov. Brian Sandoval, R-Nev., and Gov. Terry Branstad, R-Iowa, the leadership of the National Governors Association and its Health and Homeland Security Committee.
"On behalf of the nation's governors, we encourage you to fully utilize the National Guard's cost-effectiveness and high level of skill to maintain critical capabilities for the federal government and states while reducing the overall size and cost of our nation's military," they wrote.
The governors said they understand the need to reorganize, restructure and modernize the military and called the Guard "the best choice to meet our nation's needs."