Washington Report (April 14, 2015) The United States remains the world's leader in defense spending despite a drop of 20 percent since 2010, according to a report released Monday from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute. Meanwhile, China, Russia and Saudi Arabia have significantly... Read more
The National Guard Association of the United States strongly supports the retirement recommendations within the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization (MCRMC) report released in January this year. These recommendations would bring about long-awaited compensation reform to the deserving... Read more
Washington Report (April 7, 2015) The National Guard Bureau plans to deactivate two attack reconnaissance battalions to comply with reforms outlined in the Army's aviation restructure initiative. The Bureau announced in an April 1 memo it will deactivate Pennsylvania's 1st Battalion, 104th Aviation... Read more
Washington Report (April 7, 2015) Brad Carson, most recently the undersecretary of the Army, has been chosen by President Barack Obama to lead the Pentagon's personnel shop. According to Military Times, Carson will become acting undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness. The position is... Read more
Washington Report (April 7, 2015) The undersecretary of the Army said last week combat brigades in the Army National Guard are "not one-for-one substitutes" for those in the active component. Brad Carson, who this week was named acting undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness, was... Read more
Washington Report (March 31, 2015) The Senate Friday confirmed Maj. Gen. Timothy J. Kadavy to be the 20th director of the Army National Guard. No date has been set for him to be promoted to lieutenant general and take over the post. Kadavy, the former adjutant general of Nebraska, is currently the... Read more
Washington Report (March 31, 2015) Senate and House members have told their colleagues on influential committees of their support for the A-10 Thunderbolt II. In letters from members of both chambers, the Warthog has been praised as a key weapon of war that should not be retired. Eighteen House... Read more
Washington Report (March 31, 2015) Rep. Madeleine Bordallo, D-Guam, has introduced the State Partnership Program Enhancement Act of 2015, which would strengthen the National Guard State Partnership Program and build a strong permanent legal foundation for this critical "soft power" global... Read more
Washington Report (March 31. 2015) Legislation now in Congress eases the burden of proof for military victims of sexual assault who seek help from the Department of Veterans Affairs for mental stress caused by the attack. Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., introduced the Ruth Moore Act last week. It would... Read more
Washington Report (March 24, 2015) Lawmakers are once trying to broaden the federal definition of who is a veteran. Sen. John Boozman, R-Ark., and Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., along with Rep. Tim Walz, D-Minn., have introduced legislation in both chambers that would allow National Guard and Reserve... Read more