Defense Appropriations

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
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

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