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Broken Reserve System Needs To Be Fixed By Gus L. Hargett, Jr., president, National Guard AssociationOriginally appeared in The Hill's Congress Blog on 8/17/2012 Now is the time to merge the National Guard and the Reserve into one force because, despite a claim in an earlier Congress blog, the... Read more
Severe cuts to the military that may come as a result of sequestration next year may adversely impact the National Guard, and by extension, domestic security, former Pentagon leaders said. Paul McHale, a former Democratic congressman from Pennsylvania who also served as assistant secretary of... Read more
Congressional leaders may want a “clean” stop gap spending measure, but lawmakers already are showing they have different ideas of what makes a bill clean. Leaders likely will wait until September to decide what, if any, additions or changes will be permitted to the six-month continuing resolution... Read more
In June, Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) introduced S. 3441, the Wildfire Suppression Aircraft Transfer Act of 2012, which would transfer C-27J aircraft from the Air National Guard to the Forest Service. Last week, Representative Ken Calvert (R-Calf.) introduced a companion bill in the House, H.R.... Read more
Cyber Security The Senate failed to advance legislation today aimed at protecting American computer networks from cyber attacks (S.3414). A cloture vote, which would end debate on the bill, fell short of the 60 votes needed to move forward towards a final vote. Much of the debate on the floor... Read more
After months of waiting, the Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee (SAC-D) finally approved by voice vote their Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) as well as legislation passed in the House, in terms of the National Guard. In his opening statement, Chairman Daniel K. Inouye (D-HI) stated “... Read more
The House has no plans to move forward this week on a catch-all spending bill to avert the government shutdown, sources confirmed today. Congress will instead leave town for a five-week recess without voting on a continuing resolution (CR) or even introducing it, sources said. “No CR this week,”... Read more
Yesterday the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities held a hearing on the “Digital Warrior: Improving Military Capabilities for Cyber Operations." Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-Tex.) and Ranking Member Jim Langevin (D-RI) questioned at length on the recruiting,... Read more
Air Force Backpedals on Air National Guard Cuts Should we get our ears checked!? Are we hearing that correctly?\ Well, it appears it's not all just a dream after all. In his confirmation hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee yesterday, Air Force Chief of Staff nominee, Gen. Mark Welsh... Read more
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... Read more

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