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Gen. Mark A. Welsh III, the chief of staff of the Air Force, addressed the future of the Air Force Thursday before a large audience at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C. Welsh spoke on a variety of issues and emphasized the idea for One Air Force. He pointed out... Read more
The Defense Department’s fiscal 2015 budget calls for major cuts to Army National Guard personnel end-strength and a radical restructuring of its aviation assets that threaten to put the Guard back on the shelf as a strategic reserve. Should Congress go along with the plan, the reductions would... Read more
Washington Report (March 18, 2014) Several senators focused on reducing the backlog of benefits claims at the Department of Veterans Affairs are pushing for legislation designed to do just that. Members of the Senate’s VA Backlog Working Group seek passage of the 21st Century Veterans Benefits... Read more
It pains me to say it, but I fear we may be watching the demise of the Total Force in the U.S. Army.   The concept of the active and reserve components working together is alive in the Air Force, but it's in critical condition in the Army.   My prognosis is less about the recently unveiled Army... Read more
 Washington Report (March 11, 2014) The future of the Army National Guard is now in the hands of Congress, where a "fair hearing" should result in an outcome beneficial to the nation and the Guard, the 54 adjutants general say in a statement released today through the Adjutants General Association... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (March 11, 2014)  Retired Col. Pete Duffy, the NGAUS legislative director, told a panel of lawmakers last week that it should change the federal government's formal definition of a veteran because it shortchanges those who serve honorably in the reserve component.   The... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (March 4, 2014) Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., said last week he will continue to fight for improved benefits for veterans after Republicans blocked a bill that would have expanded programs such as education, health care and job training. “I am going to keep fighting,” Sanders... Read more
The White House officially delivered its fiscal 2015 budget today, asking for increased taxes on the wealthy and slashing the payments to health providers. The $3.9 trillion budget also plans to raise revenue to repair the nation's roads and bridges. For the Pentagon’s piece of the pie—$495.6... Read more
In a briefing Monday afternoon, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel outlined key priorities in the fiscal 2015 defense budget. Highlights: Reduction of tactical air squadrons to include the entire A-10 fleet. Retire 80 more aircraft, including the entire KC-10 tanker fleet and the Global Hawk Block... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Feb. 25, 2014) Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s rollout of the Pentagon budget Monday prompted quick and angry responses from several quarters. Especially targeted were plans to cut to the size of the Army National Guard, the transfer of AH-64 Apache helicopters from the... Read more

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