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.

July 12, 2012 | Air National Guard, Congress, Department of Defense
Today, the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness met to hold a hearing on the Department of the Air Force aircraft force structure reductions proposed in the 2013 President's budget request. The witnesses included Governor Terry Branstad of Iowa, Major General Timothy Lowenberg – TAG of the Washington National Guard and Director of the Washington Military Department, and... Read Full Story
July 10, 2012 | Air National Guard, Army National Guard, Pay and Benefits, Veterans
Tying into last week's post, and in response to a growing interest from our member, NGAUS has further analyzed further flaws in the Quadrennial Review of Military Compensation (QRMC).  Issue in Focus: Pay Current drill pay structure already compensates for significant differences between active forces and reserve component.  Current 1/30th rule allows for simple and... Read Full Story
July 9, 2012 | Air National Guard, Army National Guard, Defense Appropriations, TRICARE
The final piece to be revealed in the defense legislative puzzle is the Defense Appropriations bill. Thus far, the Senate Appropriations Committee has yet to approve their version of the defense spending bill, while the House is moving towards full floor consideration, most likely next week. In the meantime, we continue to wait to see what funding the Senate Appropriations Committee on Defense (... Read Full Story
July 5, 2012 | Air National Guard, Army National Guard, Cyber Security, Department of Defense
You may remember Stuxnet, the virus believed to be developed to cripple Iran’s uranium enrichment facility at Natanz. You may also remember the Wikileaks phenomenon, which released hundreds of classified State Department 'cables' embarrassing U.S. and foreign diplomats across the globe. You may even remember President Obama calling the cyber threat “one of the most serious... Read Full Story
July 4, 2012
As we celebrate 236 years of independence with family and friends, burgers on the grill, and fireworks, we remember and thank those that fought and continue to fight for American liberty. Happy 4th of July from the National Guard Association of the United States!