Defense Appropriations

The White House officially delivered its fiscal 2015 budget today, asking for increased taxes on the wealthy and slashing the payments to health providers. The $3.9 trillion budget also plans to raise revenue to repair the nation's roads and bridges. For the Pentagon’s piece of the pie—$495.6... Read more
In a briefing Monday afternoon, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel outlined key priorities in the fiscal 2015 defense budget. Highlights: Reduction of tactical air squadrons to include the entire A-10 fleet. Retire 80 more aircraft, including the entire KC-10 tanker fleet and the Global Hawk Block... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Jan. 22, 2014) Congress provided the National Guard with significant money for equipment in the $1.1 trillion funding bill passed this month for fiscal 2014. The omnibus bill, which includes all 12 appropriations bills, was signed into law Friday by President Barack Obama... 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
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
The National Guard is America’s first military organization and for 377 years the men and women of the National Guard have proven they can meet any challenge. Since the tragic events of 9/11, the National Guard has transformed from a strategic reserve into an operational force. As our military... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Oct. 22, 2013) Rep. C.W. Bill Young, R-Fla., a longstanding champion of the National Guard and Guardsmen, died Friday at Walter Reed Medical Center in Maryland. He was 82. Young, who was first elected to the House in 1970, had been hospitalized for the past two weeks as he... Read more
After a 16-day government shutdown and just before the U.S. was set to reach its borrowing limit, Congress cleared, and the president signed H.R. 2775, the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2014, a measure to reopen the government and lift the debt ceiling. The law funds the government through January... Read more
In a time when Congress can agree to very little, cyber security funding appears to be one thing everyone can agree on – especially in defense. The 2014 Defense budget put forward earlier this year allocated $4.7 billion for cyber-operations, up from $3.9 billion in 2013. This is interesting,... Read more
(Sept. 12, 2013) The active-component leadership in the Pentagon does not agree with a Defense Department panel’s recommendation last week that the reserve component remain at an operational level even after the war in Afghanistan ends. The recommendation from the Reserve Forces Policy Board... Read more

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