Defense Authorization

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
NGAUS Washington Report (Aug. 13, 2013) More than 600,000 members of the National Guard and the Reserves would benefit from a bill introduced by Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., and supported strongly by NGAUS. The National Guardsmen and Reservists Parity for Patriots Act, or H.R. 2907, would provide... Read more
Civil war in Syria, intelligence leaks, tenuous relations with foreign powers, and heated budget debates have created an aura of uncertainty and skepticism throughout the U.S. defense and intelligence community. News stories often focus on conflict, not on quiet diplomacy and nation-building... Read more
Today, the House debated and passed H.R. 1960, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of Fiscal Year 2014, with a final vote of 315-108 with 12 representatives not voting. This bill, as mentioned in a previous blog post, includes many great provisions for the National Guard. Before final... Read more
This week is a busy week – the House of Representatives will be considering its version of the FY14 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), H.R 1960, on the floor. Meanwhile, the Senate Armed Services Committee will be marking its version S.1304. The House Armed Services committee passed H.R.... Read more
This week is a busy week – the House of Representatives will be considering its version of the FY14 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), H.R 1960, on the floor. Meanwhile, the Senate Armed Services Committee will be marking its version S.1304 tomorrow. The House Armed Services committee... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (May 28, 2013) The House Armed Services subcommittee on seapower and projection forces provided some good news for the Air National Guard last week when it marked up its section of this year’s National Defense Authorization Act. It chastised the Air Force for having “no... Read more
The challenges and opportunities of the National Guard's changing environment suggest the need for enhanced capacity to act as one voice - that is, to chart strategic directions and mobilize the National Guard community around those directions. The NGAUS strategic plan sets the direction for... Read more

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