The NGAUS Blog

Commentary on what’s happening in Washington, D.C., at NGAUS, and around the globe that pertains to our members and the National Guard.

By Grace Washbourne | May 10, 2013 | Air National Guard, Army National Guard, Congress, Defense Appropriations, Defense Authorization
For the last 22 years, the National Guard’s Counter Drug Program has been a vital partnership with federal, state local law enforcement and private groups interested in safeguarding their communities from drug and drug violence. They have joined together to train and coordinate in drug enforcement activities. That could all soon be in jeopardy if the Defense Department gets its way. The... Read Full Story
By Peter Duffy | May 8, 2013 | Air National Guard, Army National Guard, Department of Defense, Employment, equipment, personnel
Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel will decide soon on the length of the furlough affecting over 800,000 DoD civilian employees, including National Guard military technicians. After the initial announcement that DoD would furlough its civilians for 22 weeks through September 30, Hagel reduced the number to 14 weeks. Congress and NGAUS have requested that he go further. The National Guard... Read Full Story
By Andrew Waldman | May 3, 2013
Samsung smartphones and Blackberry 10 phones are now OK to use on DoD networks.  Furloughs may not affect some National Guardsmen as badly as expected. It seems that at least one state expects military technician furloughs to be less severe than originally thought.  United HealthCare, the largest provider of TRICARE for military families, is under fire for failures... Read Full Story
By NGAUS | April 30, 2013 | Congress, Department of Defense, funding, personnel
The Reserve Forces Policy Board’s January 2013 report entitled: “Eliminating Major Gaps in DoD Data on the Fully-Burdened and Life-Cycle Cost of Military Personnel: Cost Elements Should be Mandated by Policy”,  found that the cost of a reserve component (RC) service member when not activated is less than one third that of their active component (AC) counterparts.  ... Read Full Story
By Sarah Allison | April 26, 2013
If you had to carry an entire day’s worth of food with you, what would you pack? What if you had to plan for weeks or months and for thousands of people?  These are questions the military must consider when preparing to send troops overseas, and when members of the National Guard are deployed in the service of the federal government, they are affected by these preparations. “... Read Full Story