Defense Authorization

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
NGAUS Washington Report (Dec. 17, 2013) The Senate will not go home for Christmas until it has voted on the Bipartisan Budget Act and the National Defense Authorization Act, both of which have passed the House of Representatives. Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., the Senate majority leader, has said his... Read more
It is the National Guard’s Birthday week, and a lot of things happened! WEPTAC The Air National Guard held its 32nd Annual Weapons and Tactics Conference (WEPTAC) this week after being pushed back due to the government shutdown in October.  Warfighters from across the country gathered in Tucson,... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Nov. 26, 2013) The Senate is currently considering its fiscal 2014 version of the National Defense Authorization Act. Included in the debate still to come are several amendments, several of which are supported by NGAUS. Here is a handful of amendments considered priorities... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Nov. 19, 2013) Another attempt to provide reserve-component members with earlier retirement pay has been introduced in the Senate, but it does not go as far as NGAUS would like. The Reserve Retirement Credit Correction amendment was created by Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., and... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Nov. 19, 2013) National Guard members would have an easier time finding federal jobs if an amendment to the Senate defense authorization act becomes law. The amendment co-sponsored by Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., and Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., would offer preference hiring... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Nov. 19, 2013) More than 30 members of the Senate and the House of Representatives have asked the defense secretary and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to think carefully before retiring the entire fleet of A-10 aircraft. In a letter signed by 13 senators and 20... 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
“Senate Republicans and senior White House officials have quietly begun talks about the kind of sweeping fiscal legislation needed to lessen or void sequestration, raising hopes of a deal from miniscule to slight.”  This was a recent lead in a Defense News story discussing the potential for... Read more

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