NGAUS Washington Report
(Jan. 28, 2014) Gen. Frank J. Grass, the chief of the National Guard Bureau, told a group of military policy experts today that he hopes to expand the National Guard’s training opportunities in the Pacific, and that the State Partnership Program will be an important part of making that happen.
His remarks came this morning during the NGAUS Legislative Liaison Workshop at the National Guard Memorial, the NGAUS headquarters in Washington, D.C. The audience of approximately 100 included adjutants general, government relations employees, NGAUS members and others from across the country who have a vested interest in legislative policy impacting the Guard.
In addition to his comments on training in the Pacific and the importance of the State Partnership Program in maintaining key relationships across the globe, Grass remarked on the future of the Guard’s cyber capabilities.
He talked about Guardsmen training in Little Rock, Ark. who will return to their home states armed with a wealth of knowledge on cyber warfare.
He said, “Ultimately we want to have cyber capability in every state in the United States, the District of Columbia and the territories. And we think we can do that.”
The Guard’s role in the cyber field, he said, can be huge.
The annual workshop typically attracts action officers seeking an inside peek at the legislative process. Grace Washbourne, the NGAUS legislative manager for joint programs and domestic operations, said she hopes the event gives attendees a chance to network and exchange ideas.
“There is a lot of interest in National Guard issues right now, especially with today’s fiscal environment,” she said. “It’s great to see everyone here united, wanting to capitalize on that interest and really get things done.”
Sponsors of the workshop are Northrop Grumman, LORD Corporation, Sikorsky Aircraft, Airbus Group, Inc., AM General, Boeing, Chris Mears & Associates, Inc., Elbit Systems of America, LLC, Jacobs, Lockheed Martin, Peduzzi Associates, LTD and ZOLL Medical.