Defense Authorization

By Rebecca Autrey March 4, 2015 The Air Force told Congress today it is either in the process of implementing or agrees with the principle behind almost all of the 42 recommendations made last year by the National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force. In a report to lawmakers, the Secretary... Read more
Washington Report (February 10, 2015) A commission's recommendation that TRICARE be abolished in favor of a system that offers more choice was questioned last week by Democrats on the House Armed Services Committee. The Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission included the... Read more
Washington Report (February 10, 2015) A panel of government affairs strategists told National Guard legislative liaisons today that open lines of communication with congressional staff members are critical for success. Click here to view photos. Click here to view presentations/slides. Their... Read more
Washington Report (February 10, 2015) Two members of the House, including a member of the Hawaii Army National Guard, have told their colleagues that sequestration is hurting military readiness and called for the automatic budget cuts to be lifted from defense spending. "We believe alleviating the... Read more
By Ron Jensen January 30, 2015 NGAUS sees much that National Guardsmen might like in the report released Thursday by the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission, but the 15 recommendations made by panel members after two years of study and input from 150,000 interested parties... Read more
Washington Report (January 20, 2015)  Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James last week tried to minimize the role the A-10 fighter is playing in the war against the Islamic State. She said other aircraft are being used more often in the campaign against the militant group, but pointed out that 11... Read more
01.06.15 Letter to Committee Leadership
01.06.15 letter to POTUS
Washington Report   (December 23, 2014) The Army is not letting Congress stop its plan to restructure its aviation fleet. Despite President Barack Obama's signature last week on the 2015 defense policy bill that limits the Army's ability to retire and transfer its helicopter fleet, the service is... Read more
WASHINGTON (Dec. 22, 2014) —The National Guard Association of the United States today released the following statement by retired Maj. Gen. Gus Hargett, the NGAUS president, on the enactment of the fiscal 2015 National Defense Authorization Act.   "President Barack Obama's signature Friday on the... Read more