Defense Authorization

Washington Report (September 16, 2014) Lawmakers will head home at the end of this week without passing defense authorization or spending bills for the next fiscal year. Congress is expected to pass a continuing resolution in lieu of a full appropriations bill. The measure would fund current... Read more
Washington Report (September 16, 2014) The nation's governors are pushing the Defense Department to use the National Guard as a major part of its cyber operations mission. Over the past three weeks Grace Washbourne, the NGAUS legislative program manager for joint and domestic operations programs,... Read more
Washington Report (Sept. 9, 2014) Rep. Tom Latham, R-Iowa, is seeking support among his colleagues for a section of the fiscal 2015 Senate Armed Services Committee defense bill that would provide National Guardsmen with an easier path toward an earlier retirement. He is requesting that his... Read more
Washington Report (September 3, 2014) Video of speeches from the 136th General Conference & Exhibition can now be found on the NGAUS YouTube page. Click here to view photos from the conference. Clips include remarks by Gen. Mark Welsh, chief of staff of the Air Force. In his speech during the... Read more
Washington Report (August 25, 2014) A co-chairman of the Senate National Guard Caucus says the country may be overlooking the severity of the current threats because it is tired of war after 13 years and asked NGAUS to help him convince citizens and lawmakers that now is not the time to cut the... Read more
Washington Report (July 15, 2014) The NGAUS president is pointing out the flaws in statements made recently by two high-ranking military members who support the Army's plan to remove AH-64 Apache helicopters from the Army National Guard. Retired Maj. Gen. Gus Hargett says the two men miss 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
By Rebecca Autrey (May 29, 2014) A co-chairman of the House National Guard and Reserve Components Caucus says data must be the driving factor behind future policy decisions on the structure of the Total Army. Rep. Tim Walz, D-Minn., spoke this morning at an event at the Center for Strategic and... Read more
Washington Report (May 27, 2014) While the Air Force awaits the F-35 fifth-generation fighter, another aircraft may be on the horizon that could find an early fit in the Air National Guard. The Scorpion is slower and less advanced than the ballyhooed F-35, but it has the advantages of being cheaper... Read more

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