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Washington Report (June 28, 2016) Supporters of military bands are pushing back against a House plan to limit where the bands can play, according to Military Times. The House version of the fiscal 2017 National Defense Authorization Act restricts performances to official events. The House also... Read more
Washington Report (June 7, 2016) NGAUS is watching this week as senators may even work on Friday if that’s what it takes to finish the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act this week. Sen. Mitch McConnel, R-Ky., the Senate majority leader, insists the bill will be finished this week. But a fight... Read more
Washington Report (May 10, 2016) The Air Force has made “limited progress” putting in place recommendations from a panel created by Congress to determine how the service should look to meet its mission requirements, according to the Government Accountability Office. Two years after the National... Read more
“My VA is about keeping veterans at the table: In control of how, when and where they wish to be served.” - VA Secretary Robert McDonald “My VA” is how Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald described his ideal standard of care when speaking today about his vision for an... Read more
Washington Report (April 26, 2016) The Air National Guard is a winner in the Pentagon’s budget request for fiscal 2017. The Army Guard has little to cheer about. The budget developed by the Defense Department is analyzed from a Guard perspective in the annual legislative issue of National Guard.... Read more
Washington Report (April 12, 2016) The Army’s response to the recommendations of the National Commission on the Future of the Army will be in the hands of Defense Secretary Ash Carter this week, Gen. Mark A. Milley, the service’s chief of staff, told the Senate Armed Services Committee. “What we’ve... Read more
Washington Report (April 12, 2016) The Air Force is creating a list of requirements for an aircraft to take over the close-air-support mission once the A-10 Thunderbolt II is retired. Lt. Gen. Mike Holmes, the deputy chief of staff for strategic plans and requirements, said last week that the... Read more
Washington Report (April 12, 2016) Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., has asked the Defense Department inspector general to investigate an email sent by a civilian employee at the National Guard Bureau. The lawmaker says the email sent by an intelligence specialist encourages military members to lobby... Read more
Washington Report (April 12, 2016) Veterans of the 65th Infantry Regiment, a unit of the Puerto Rico Army National Guard, will be presented Wednesday with the Congressional Gold Medal for the unit’s display of bravery during the Korean War. The medal is the highest civilian honor Congress can award... Read more
  I was in the room Wednesday as Defense Secretary Ash Carter revealed his plan to reform the structure of the military at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a think tank in Washington, D.C. In his talk, “Breaking New Ground: Preparing the DOD for the Future,” Carter said it was... Read more

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