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Civil war in Syria, intelligence leaks, tenuous relations with foreign powers, and heated budget debates have created an aura of uncertainty and skepticism throughout the U.S. defense and intelligence community. News stories often focus on conflict, not on quiet diplomacy and nation-building... Read more
Pentagon leaders exempted uniformed personnel from the sequester to limit the impact of ongoing budget debates on military readiness. However, they did not include the approximately 53,000 National Guard military technicians in that exemption. These technicians support the readiness of troops not... Read more
Today, the House debated and passed H.R. 1960, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of Fiscal Year 2014, with a final vote of 315-108 with 12 representatives not voting. This bill, as mentioned in a previous blog post, includes many great provisions for the National Guard. Before final... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (June 11, 2013) The nation's governors have asked congressional and Pentagon leadership to maintain the National Guard's capabilities while shrinking the military's overall size. In letters last week, the National Governors Association asked Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel... Read more
This week is a busy week – the House of Representatives will be considering its version of the FY14 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), H.R 1960, on the floor. Meanwhile, the Senate Armed Services Committee will be marking its version S.1304. The House Armed Services committee passed H.R.... Read more
This week is a busy week – the House of Representatives will be considering its version of the FY14 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), H.R 1960, on the floor. Meanwhile, the Senate Armed Services Committee will be marking its version S.1304 tomorrow. The House Armed Services committee... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (June 4, 2013) The NGAUS Legislative staff has developed a strategic plan to coordinate its efforts on Capitol Hill as lawmakers wrestle with tough decisions caused by the limited resources available across the entire government, including the Pentagon.   The military... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (June 4, 2013) Pete Duffy, the acting NGAUS legislative director, told the Commission on the Structure of the Air Force today that the Air National Guard can play a valuable role in the flying service’s future.   The commission was created by Congress a year ago in the... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (June 4, 2013) Male and female service members are united by the uniform they wear and by a single, shared standard, the senior enlisted advisor to the chief of the National Guard Bureau said in Arlington, Va., recently. "We do not serve based on gender, race or creed,"... Read more
In the current fiscally constrained environment, our federal government is facing difficult choices in prioritizing federal programs. Some of the most contentious discussions are taking place within the Department of Defense as they grapple with the drawn down of the wars and settle on new... Read more

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