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Washington Report (July 8, 2014) The commission charged with revamping the military compensation system set the stage to make changes in its final recommendations with an interim report released last week. Analysis of the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission’s initial work... Read more
Right now is a very good time for every member of the National Guard to stand up and be counted. The Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission, established by the fiscal 2013 National Defense Authorization Act, is currently conducting a review of all military compensation and... Read more
Washington Report (July 1, 2014) The White House requested $58.6 billion for overseas contingency operations last week, a drop of nearly $20 billion from last year's request as fighting in Afghanistan continues to wind down. The request arrived nearly five months after the president's defense... Read more
Washington Report (June 24, 2014) The House approved last week a defense spending bill that blocks the retirement of the A-10 aircraft and approves a pay raise of 1.8 percent for military members. A detailed look at the House version of the defense appropriations bill can be viewed here. The... Read more
Washington Report (June 17, 2014) The Senate is likely to include funding for the A-10 Thunderbolt for at least another year. This comes after a House committee voted not to fund the close-air support weapon that the Air Force wants to retire.  Defense News quotes sources on Capitol Hill saying... Read more
By Rebecca Autrey (May 29, 2014) A co-chairman of the House National Guard and Reserve Components Caucus says data must be the driving factor behind future policy decisions on the structure of the Total Army. Rep. Tim Walz, D-Minn., spoke this morning at an event at the Center for Strategic and... Read more
Washington Report (May 27, 2014) While the Air Force awaits the F-35 fifth-generation fighter, another aircraft may be on the horizon that could find an early fit in the Air National Guard. The Scorpion is slower and less advanced than the ballyhooed F-35, but it has the advantages of being cheaper... Read more
Washington Report (May 27, 2014) The House of Representatives has included a commission to study the structure of the Army in its version of the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act. Plus, the Senate Armed Services Committee has included the panel in its version of the bill, which later this... Read more
The National Defense Authorization Act handily passed Thursday by the House of Representatives authorizes $552.1 billion in spending for national defense and an additional $79.4 billion for overseas contingency operations. The vote was 325 to 98. In addition to provisions mentioned previously, the... Read more
WASHINGTON (May 22, 2014) ― The National Guard Association of the United States today released the following statement by retired Maj. Gen. Gus Hargett, the NGAUS president, on today’s final House passage of the fiscal 2015 National Defense Authorization Act:  “National Guardsmen across the country... Read more

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