Defense Appropriations

Washington Report (July 22, 2014) The Senate Appropriations Committee last week questioned the Army's plan to remove all AH-64 Apache helicopters from the Army National Guard and wants a cost analysis of what is called the aviation restructure initiative. The lawmakers also included in the fiscal... Read more
Washington Report (July 22, 2014) A Senate panel has signed on to a request from the adjutants general to modernize the Air National Guard's C-130 aircraft so they adhere to planned changes in regulations from federal and international civil aviation authorities. The Senate Appropriations... Read more
Washington Report (July 15, 2014) The Adjutants General Association of the United States delivered letters last week to two Senate committees asking them to support a modernization program for the C-130H aircraft. Without it, they said, their aircraft would not be allowed to fly in large portions... Read more
Washington Report (July 15, 2014) Rep. Harold Rogers, R-Ky., will receive the Harry S. Truman Award from NGAUS, the association's top award for support of the National Guard. His selection was approved Friday by the NGAUS Board of Directors during its summer meeting. Rogers, the chairman of the... Read more
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 (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
Washington Report (April 8, 2014) The chief of the National Guard Bureau acknowledged today that the Army’s plan to pull all the Apache helicopters from the Army Guard could very well go forward, but he put his hopes in Congress that will have its own ideas about erasing combat helicopters from... 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

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