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July 31, 2012 | Air National Guard, Congress
After months of waiting, the Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee (SAC-D) finally approved by voice vote their Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) as well as legislation passed in the House, in terms of the National Guard. In his opening statement, Chairman Daniel K. Inouye (D-HI) stated “the bill provides over $800 million to comply with the Senate Armed Services Committee's... Read Full Story
July 30, 2012 | Congress, Defense Appropriations, funding, House of Representatives
The House has no plans to move forward this week on a catch-all spending bill to avert the government shutdown, sources confirmed today. Congress will instead leave town for a five-week recess without voting on a continuing resolution (CR) or even introducing it, sources said. “No CR this week,” one GOP aide said, adding that there is “zero chance” of text appearing this... Read Full Story
July 27, 2012 | Senate
National Guard Bureau press release:  Last night, the U.S. Senate confirmed Army Lt. Gen. Frank Grass to be the next chief of the National Guard Bureau and Air Force Maj. Gen. Joseph Lengyel to be vice chief. Grass, who also will be a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will be promoted to four-star general and Lengyel will add his third star with his promotion to lieutenant general... Read Full Story
July 26, 2012 | Air National Guard, Army National Guard, Congress, Cyber Security, House of Representatives, personnel
Yesterday the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities held a hearing on the “Digital Warrior: Improving Military Capabilities for Cyber Operations." Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-Tex.) and Ranking Member Jim Langevin (D-RI) questioned at length on the recruiting, training, development and retention of “Cyber Warriors” within each service. The... Read Full Story
July 25, 2012 | Air National Guard, Army National Guard, personnel
For the past few years, there's been a lot of talk about merging the National Guard and the Reserves--in military circles, in the Pentagon, and even on Capitol Hill. In the wake of shrinking budgets, it should come as no surprise to anyone that creative ways to trim costs are being discussed. And we've been one of the loudest proponents of looking at the cost efficiencies of merging... Read Full Story

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