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 | January 23, 2013 | Air National Guard, Army National Guard, Department of Defense, personnel
Media outlets in Washington are reporting that Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is planning to lift the ban on women serving in combat-graded positions.  In reality, women have been engaging in close-quarters combat for many years, including the entire duration of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Women already serve as combat pilots, military police officers and in a variety of other... Read Full Story
By Mary Catherine Ott | January 15, 2013 | Air National Guard, Congress, Department of Defense, funding, modernization, personnel
Last week, Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley published four opinion pieces on the future of the Air Force. Donley focused on three main areas: force structure, readiness and modernization. The theme: "We are smaller and likely to get even smaller at a time when our weapons are old and we are trying to replace them." Last Friday, Sec. Donley and Gen. Mark Welsh, Air Force... Read Full Story
By Andrew Waldman | January 9, 2013 | Employment, personnel, Veterans
A new analysis from Lauren Bailey at the Department of Veterans Affairs breaks down the falling unemployment rates for all veterans across the nation. The unemployment rate for all Veterans was 7.0 percent—still below the national average of 7.8 percent.  For post-9/11 veterans, the rate was 10.8  percent. Most importantly, the annual jobless rate for post-9/11 Vets was 9... Read Full Story
By Mary Catherine Ott | January 4, 2013 | Air National Guard, Domestic Response, equipment, funding, modernization, personnel
Today the National Guard Bureau released its 2013 Air National Guard Weapons Systems Modernization Priorites book, illustrating the top funding priorities and requirements for this year. In October, warfighters from across the U.S. gathered in Tuscon, Ariz. for the 31st annual Weapons and Tactics Conference (WEPTAC). This year's theme was "Persistent Conflict - Enabling the Warfighter,... Read Full Story
By Annie Lively | December 31, 2012 | Air National Guard, Army National Guard, Congress, Defense Authorization, funding, military construction, modernization, Pay and Benefits, TRICARE
As we close out another great year at NGAUS and wave goodbye to 2012, we look back on what we set out to accomplish for the National Guard this year and reflect on our victories.  In January, the NGAUS legislative staff developed the Top Priorities, our annual list of issues that would be leading our legislative agenda. Our priorities are guided by input from our members, through the... Read Full Story