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 Andrew Waldman | February 22, 2013 | Air National Guard, Army National Guard, Congress, Domestic Response, equipment, funding
Yesterday, Mary Catherine Ott ran down some of the cuts that could come to the Air Force and its components if the sequester goes into effect March 1. The National Guard Bureau has been hitting this theme all week with stories on its website and even a special "Sequestration: Across-the-Board Cuts Could Threaten National Security." With the help of Annie Lively, the NGAUS senior... Read Full Story
By Mary Catherine Ott | February 21, 2013 | Air National Guard, Congress, Department of Defense, funding, modernization, personnel
The Air Force for the past month, along with the other services, has been vocal on the devastating impact sequestration will have across the board. After testifying last week on the Hill, Chief of Staff of the Air Force Gen. Mark Welsh has continued to clarify and warn of what sequestration will do to the Air Force. 17% cut in aircraft depot maintenance 18% drop in flying hours,... Read Full Story
By Mary Catherine Ott | February 13, 2013 | Congress, Department of Defense, Domestic Response, equipment, funding
The United States Senate defines a continuing resolution (CR) as “legislation in the form of a joint resolution enacted by Congress, when the new fiscal year is about to begin or has begun, to provide budget authority for Federal agencies and programs to continue in operation until the regular appropriations acts are enacted.” In layman’s terms, a continuation of the... Read Full Story
By Mary Corbett | February 6, 2013 | Families
I don’t like surprises. Even good surprises. They make me nervous. And being the center of attention during any type of public surprise would be the worst possible scenario. But I wonder if I’m alone in my distaste for public feel-good moments because there sure seem to be a lot of them. Andy Warhol was right: "In the future everybody will be world famous for fifteen minutes.... Read Full Story
By Andrew Waldman | January 31, 2013 | Air National Guard, Army National Guard, Congress, Department of Defense, funding, military construction
Budget sequestration has been a major discussion topic in the defense community for some time. The Defense Department resisted even planning for sequestration for many months, but it now seems more and more likely that it will happen.  Cuts will affect the Guard. That much is certain. But what exactly does the Guard stand to lose if sequestration becomes a reality?  Here are a few... Read Full Story