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Via NGAUS Press Release: WASHINGTON (Sept. 6, 2012) — Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, the Republican nominee for president, will address nearly 4,000 Guard officers and their guests on Sept. 11 at 11:15 a.m. during the 134th National Guard Association of the United States General Conference... Read more
Sequester seems to be the only thing people are talking about these days in the defense community, and with good reason. As we reported in an earlier post, congressional leaders announced earlier this month that they will most likely move to a “clean” stop gap spending measure through a six-month... Read more
Last year, Congress included a bipartisan amendment, sponsored by Senators Blunt (R-MO) and Gillibrand (D-NY) and Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO), in the National Defense Authorization Act to protect members of the National Guard under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act. This... Read more
A pro-defense think tank has issued a new report that shows by congressional district the impact on local businesses of the potential $500 billion in across-the-board budget cuts looming in January. The report does not include any assumptions about potential military or civilian personnel... Read more
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

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