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(Jan. 17, 2014) Two lawmakers with experience in the reserve components of the U.S. military have chastised the Army chief of staff for unfavorable comparisons he made last week between the Army National Guard and the active-component force. Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., and Rep. Tim Walz, D-Minn... Read more
House and Senate Appropriations Committee leadership unveiled Jan. 13 a $1.1 trillion funding bill for fiscal 2014 that includes all 12 appropriations bills. The House and Senate had previously approved their own versions of the defense and military construction funding bills. However, a budget... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Jan. 14, 2014) The Army will carry its plan to take away much of the Army National Guard’s helicopter fleet, including all 192 of its AH-64 Apaches, to Capitol Hill this week. Army leaders are scheduled to address the House Armed Services Committee’s subcommittee on... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Jan. 14, 2014) The National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force has finished hearing testimony and will have its report ready for the president and Congress on Feb. 1. At its final hearing last week, Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James spoke well of the... Read more
WASHINGTON (Jan. 13, 2014) The National Guard Association of the United States today released the following statement by retired Maj. Gen. Gus Hargett, the NGAUS president: “The Army chief of staff disparaged the Army National Guard last week by telling reporters in Washington, D.C., that,... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Jan. 7, 2014) Buried deep within an omnibus bill to be taken up on Capitol Hill this week is one sentence changing the federal government’s definition of veteran. “Any person who is entitled under chapter 1223 of title 10, United States Code, to retired pay for nonregular... Read more
Created in the fiscal 2013 National Defense Authorization Act, the National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force has been tasked to submit a report, containing a “comprehensive study and recommendations to the President and Congressional Defense committees … to help determine whether, and... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report NGAUS Washington Report NGAUS Washington Report (Dec. 31, 2013) Several members of Congress have indicated a desire to replace the cut in cost-of-living increases for military retirement pay that was part of the Bipartisan Budget passed Dec. 18 and signed into law last... Read more
As 2013 draws to an end, there is a strong sense that change is in the air. The United States finds itself winding down a major ground campaign in Afghanistan and pivoting its security doctrine towards the Pacific. New threats in the cyber domain have placed additional roles for our nation’s... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Dec. 23, 2013) NGAUS will continue to fight the cut to some military retirement pay found in the Bipartisan Budget Act that passed Congress last week. The bill is awaiting the president’s signature. The legislation, which softens the impact of sequestration and prevents... Read more

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