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Budget sequestration has been a major discussion topic in the defense community for some time. The Defense Department resisted even planning for sequestration for many months, but it now seems more and more likely that it will happen.  Cuts will affect the Guard. That much is certain. But what... Read more
Last week, Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley published four opinion pieces on the future of the Air Force. Donley focused on three main areas: force structure, readiness and modernization. The theme: "We are smaller and likely to get even smaller at a time when our weapons are old and we... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Jan. 2, 2012) The deal reached by Congress Tuesday to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff delays for two months a decision on sequestration and could make its impact on the military worse than originally planned if it goes into effect. Army Times points out that a delay... Read more
As we close out another great year at NGAUS and wave goodbye to 2012, we look back on what we set out to accomplish for the National Guard this year and reflect on our victories.  In January, the NGAUS legislative staff developed the Top Priorities, our annual list of issues that would be leading... Read more
(Dec. 20, 2012) The 2013 National Defense Authorization Act which could pass Congress this week includes expanded space-available travel for the National Guard, but limits hikes to TRICARE fees below those requested by the Defense Department. Space-available travel on DoD aircraft will be open to... Read more
This week, House and Senate Armed Services Committee panels agreed to a $633.3 billion defense authorization bill, after a weeklong conference committee to resolve contentious policy divisions. The final authorization bill is expected to go to the House floor later this afternoon and considered... Read more
WASHINGTON (Dec. 19, 2012) ― The National Guard Association of the United States today  released the following statement by retired Maj. Gen. Gus L. Hargett Jr., the NGAUS president: “The final conference report on the fiscal 2013 National Defense Authorization Act is a mixed bag of wins and losses... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Dec. 18, 2012) Published reports point to a compromise regarding Air National Guard aircraft in the National Defense Authorization Act now being negotiated on Capitol Hill. The cargo aircraft once tabbed for retirement will remain, but some fighter aircraft will go if... Read more
WASHINGTON (Dec. 13, 2012) ― The National Guard Association of the United States today  released the following statement by retired Maj. Gen. Gus L. Hargett Jr., the NGAUS president: “Fueled by misinformation from some Air Force officers, it appears a handful of House Armed Services Committee ... Read more
By Ron Jensen NGAUS Senior Writer (Dec. 12, 2012) Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., spoke for only 10 minutes, but needed only three words to summarize his message when he spoke Wednesday at the National Guard Memorial in Washington, D.C. “Things look grim,” he said during his visit to the NGAUS... Read more

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