Defense Authorization

It pains me to say it, but I fear we may be watching the demise of the Total Force in the U.S. Army.   The concept of the active and reserve components working together is alive in the Air Force, but it's in critical condition in the Army.   My prognosis is less about the recently unveiled Army... Read more
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
The National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force released its findings to Congress and the president last week. To make a long story short, the Air National Guard has a good deal to be happy about. After a year of interviews, site visits, data collection, analysis and hearings, the... Read more
Created in the fiscal 2013 National Defense Authorization Act, the National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force has been tasked to submit a report, containing a “comprehensive study and recommendations to the President and Congressional Defense committees … to help determine whether, and... 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
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

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