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Washington Report (April 1, 2014) It may not seem like good news for a veteran waiting—and waiting—for a disability claim to be processed, but the Department of Veterans Affairs says it has reached an important milestone in its effort to reduce the backlog of claims in 2015. Army Times is reporting... Read more
Washington Report (April 1, 2013) Another temporary solution to a nagging problem that could affect TRICARE users has been passed by Congress. One week after the House gave the so-called “doc fix” legislation its approval, the Senate voted Monday evening to pass the bill and send it to the... Read more
Washington Report (April 1, 2014) The troubled F-35 fighter program got some good news this week when a government report said estimated acquisition costs for the most expensive weapons program in history have fallen 3.3 percent in the past year. The Government Accountability Office’s annual report... Read more
The Scope of the Report The National Guard and Reserve Equipment Report (NGRER) is a statutory requirement that reflects congressional interest in ensuring a well-equipped and robust reserve component capability within the armed forces. The NGRER identifies major items of equipment in the reserve-... Read more
Thus far, things have been pretty quiet this year in cyber security, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. The president’s fiscal 2015 budget includes a huge increase to cyber-security operations at the Pentagon, an impressive $5.1 billion in total funding. Last year, Gen. Keith Alexander, chief... Read more
Gen. Mark A. Welsh III, the chief of staff of the Air Force, addressed the future of the Air Force Thursday before a large audience at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C. Welsh spoke on a variety of issues and emphasized the idea for One Air Force. He pointed out... Read more
The Defense Department’s fiscal 2015 budget calls for major cuts to Army National Guard personnel end-strength and a radical restructuring of its aviation assets that threaten to put the Guard back on the shelf as a strategic reserve. Should Congress go along with the plan, the reductions would... Read more
Washington Report (March 18, 2014) Several senators focused on reducing the backlog of benefits claims at the Department of Veterans Affairs are pushing for legislation designed to do just that. Members of the Senate’s VA Backlog Working Group seek passage of the 21st Century Veterans Benefits... Read more
It pains me to say it, but I fear we may be watching the demise of the Total Force in the U.S. Army.   The concept of the active and reserve components working together is alive in the Air Force, but it's in critical condition in the Army.   My prognosis is less about the recently unveiled Army... Read more
 Washington Report (March 11, 2014) The future of the Army National Guard is now in the hands of Congress, where a "fair hearing" should result in an outcome beneficial to the nation and the Guard, the 54 adjutants general say in a statement released today through the Adjutants General Association... Read more

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