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 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!
July 3, 2012 | Department of Defense, Pay and Benefits, TRICARE, Veterans
Last month the Pentagon released its Quadrennial Review of Military Compensation (QRMC) which assesses the effectiveness of military pay and benefits. Some of the biggest provisions of this year’s report recommend important changes in reserve retirement pay and benefits. Some provisions to note: Retirement - recommends allowing reservist with 20 years of creditable service to begin... Read Full Story
July 2, 2012 | funding, Senate
Senate Republicans are floating the idea of establishing House-Senate working groups as a way to forge a compromise plan to avoid massive defense budget cuts in the coming year. Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH.) said that forming the bipartisan working groups would be a critical piece in getting lawmakers in both chambers on the same page regarding the automatic defense cuts under sequestration. On... Read Full Story
June 29, 2012 | Army National Guard, House of Representatives
House Armed Services Committee Chairman, Buck McKeon (R-CA), sent a letter yesterday to the House Rules Committee arguing that the provision in the Appropriations bill related to prohibiting the use of funds for sports sponsorship is subject to a point of order.  In essence, he is arguing that the provision is authorizing in an appropriations bill, which he believes goes beyond what the... Read Full Story