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  I was in the room Wednesday as Defense Secretary Ash Carter revealed his plan to reform the structure of the military at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a think tank in Washington, D.C. In his talk, “Breaking New Ground: Preparing the DOD for the Future,” Carter said it was... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report  (April 5, 2016) Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., says the Army National Guard intelligence directorate, or G-2, is asking officers to illegally lobby Congress for support of a computing network that some say does not work, according to a report this week in The Washington... Read more
By Heather Bennett and Aaron Wood (EDITOR’S NOTE: 1st Lt. Heather Bennett of the Mississippi National Guard and 1st Lt. Aaron Wood of the West Virginia National Guard are participating in the NGAUS Fellows Program. They will spend this year on the NGAUS staff for a close look at the federal... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (March 29, 2016) Gen. Frank J. Grass, the chief of the National Guard Bureau, told Congress to delay a plan that would remove some dual-status technicians from the Guard and make them civilian employees of the federal government. The plan in the fiscal 2016 National Defense... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (March 29, 2016) Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla., says a continuing resolution is likely next year as House Republicans seem unable to agree on a budget for fiscal 2017. Cole, who made the remarks on C-SPAN last week, is a member of the House Budget Committee. “I think that’s more... Read more
Imagine pulling up to your local pharmacy as you do every month to pick up your prescription. However, this time the pharmacist informs you that TRICARE says you are not currently covered. Amidst your frustrations, you quickly call TRICARE only for them to ask one simple question: “Has your duty... Read more
Washington Report (March 8, 2016) Service members diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder or traumatic-brain injury could not be discharged from the military if a bill introduced last week in the House becomes law, according to a report in Military Times. The legislation introduced by a... Read more
Washington Report (February 9, 2016) Rep. Joe Heck, R-Nev., says the proposed pay raise of 1.6 percent for military members is "ridiculous" and vows to push for an increase. The President's Budget for fiscal 2017 was released today, but word had leaked ahead of time that it would include the pay... Read more
Washington Report (Feb. 9, 2016) A full house of state National Guard association executive directors is attending the 19th NGAUS Legislative Workshop today at the National Guard Memorial, the NGAUS headquarters in Washington, D.C., where they will hear from lawmakers, defense leaders and other... Read more
Washington Report  (January 19, 2016) The Council of Governors is asking defense leaders in Congress to repeal a section of the fiscal 2016 National Defense Authorization Act that would turn National Guard dual-status technicians into civilian employees of the federal government. Gov. Terry E.... Read more

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