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.

August 20, 2012 | Air National Guard, Congress
Broken Reserve System Needs To Be Fixed By Gus L. Hargett, Jr., president, National Guard Association Originally appeared in The Hill's Congress Blog on 8/17/2012 Now is the time to merge the National Guard and the Reserve into one force because, despite a claim in an earlier Congress blog, the system is broken. It does need to be fixed. Doing so would save billions of dollars by... Read Full Story
August 17, 2012 | Congress, funding
Severe cuts to the military that may come as a result of sequestration next year may adversely impact the National Guard, and by extension, domestic security, former Pentagon leaders said. Paul McHale, a former Democratic congressman from Pennsylvania who also served as assistant secretary of defense for homeland defense, warned that sequestration would affect Title 32 funding, which allows... Read Full Story
August 16, 2012 | Air National Guard, Army National Guard, Domestic Response
Imagine if there was a nuclear attack in the United State today. Who would be there to respond, to help save lives? Local and state authorities, as well as first responders, would no doubt be overwhelmed. The National Guard inevitably would be called out in support missions, and if the damage was significant enough, the Governor may end up requesting additional aid from Washington. Luckily for... Read Full Story
August 15, 2012 | Congress, funding
Congressional leaders may want a “clean” stop gap spending measure, but lawmakers already are showing they have different ideas of what makes a bill clean. Leaders likely will wait until September to decide what, if any, additions or changes will be permitted to the six-month continuing resolution (CR). It is expected to set discretionary spending at the $1.047 trillion cap... Read Full Story
August 14, 2012 | Air National Guard
General Mark Welsh, the Air Force’s 20th Chief of Staff, introduced himself to the nation's airmen and women on Friday in his first official letterafter being sworn in by Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley. NGAUS applauded the Senate for confirming Gen. Walsh to be the next Air Force Chief of Staff on August 2nd. We look forward to working with Gen. Welsh to ensure the Air Force... Read Full Story