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October 18, 2012 | Cyber Security, House of Representatives, Joint Forces
October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month, and people across the policy spectrum have been very vocal on the issue. At the start of the month, the Wilson Center (an independent public policy think tank) held a discussion forum entitled “Cyber Gridlock: Why the Public Should Care.” “As Washington fiddles, the vulnerability of U.S. infrastructure, private and public... Read Full Story
October 16, 2012 | Air National Guard, equipment
Via NGAUS Washington Report: In order to better accomplish its core missions, the Air Force needs to recommit to the Total Force, according to a special report issued last week by the Heritage Foundation, a pro-defense think tank in Washington, D.C. The recommendation is part of "Full-Spectrum Air Power: Building the Air Force America Needs" by Robert P. Haffa, a retired Air Force... Read Full Story
October 11, 2012 | Air National Guard
The National Governor’s Association (NGA), founded in 1908, is a bipartisan organization composed of the nation’s Governors. NGA works to promote visionary state leadership, shared best practices as well as speaks with a collective voice on national policy. This year in particular, NGA was instrumental in fighting against the Air Force’s decision make cuts disproportionately to... Read Full Story
October 10, 2012 | Congress
Influential staffers on key defense related committees are reaching out to congressional members in order to open a dialogue on how to proceed on this year’s National Defense Authorization Act. As one of the key pieces of legislation to be put forth after the elections, Senate leaders have been embattled on how to proceed on the bill once it hits the Senate floor. Senate Majority leader... Read Full Story
October 2, 2012 | Congress, Department of Defense, funding
Last week the Office of Budget and Management (OMB) circulate a memo to the heads of executive departments and agencies to clarify issues raised by the potential impact of sequestration as set forth by last year's Budget Control Act. In the memo, OMB stated it would be holding discussion on issues with agency staff over the coming months to develop plans for operations for FY13. In response... Read Full Story

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