Defense Authorization

Letters to Congress and the Executive Branch On behalf of the nearly 460,000 men and women of the National Guard, NGAUS regularly reaches out to members of Congress and the Executive Branch on issues of importance. Below is an archive of the letters that have been sent on your behalf.  2014... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Jan. 8, 2013) The picture of airlift structure in the Air Force is still cloudy, but the service has created an Intra-Theater Airlift Working Group to address a demand from Congress that the Air Force maintain 32 cargo aircraft it wanted to retire. The group includes... Read more
As we close out another great year at NGAUS and wave goodbye to 2012, we look back on what we set out to accomplish for the National Guard this year and reflect on our victories.  In January, the NGAUS legislative staff developed the Top Priorities, our annual list of issues that would be leading... Read more
(Dec. 20, 2012) The 2013 National Defense Authorization Act which could pass Congress this week includes expanded space-available travel for the National Guard, but limits hikes to TRICARE fees below those requested by the Defense Department. Space-available travel on DoD aircraft will be open to... Read more
This week, House and Senate Armed Services Committee panels agreed to a $633.3 billion defense authorization bill, after a weeklong conference committee to resolve contentious policy divisions. The final authorization bill is expected to go to the House floor later this afternoon and considered... Read more
WASHINGTON (Dec. 19, 2012) ― The National Guard Association of the United States today  released the following statement by retired Maj. Gen. Gus L. Hargett Jr., the NGAUS president: “The final conference report on the fiscal 2013 National Defense Authorization Act is a mixed bag of wins and losses... Read more
The House and Senate are now in the final stages to pass a National Defense Authorization Act for 2013 (NDAA). The Senate has approved their version of the NDAA which included provisions to establish a National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force, a Transition Assistance Advisor Program,... Read more
Yesterday the Senate began debate and consideration of S.3254, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).  The managers of the bill and ranking members on the Senate Armed Services Committee, Senator Carl Levin (D-MI) and John McCain (R-AZ) brought the bill to the floor in the hopes that they... Read more
Six Republican and Democratic Senators are urging Congress to avert drastic spending cuts to defense and domestic programs beginning on January 2nd 2013. This sequester, set forth by the Budget Control Act of 2011, could have a "devastating impact." Last week, Defense lawmakers Senators Carl Levin... Read more
Clock Ticks Down on Passage of Continuing Resolution in the Senate Buck McKeon (R-CA), HASC committee members questioned the panel at length on the impact sequestration will have on personnel. Of major concern will be the impact on the civilian personnel work force who are not protected from cuts... Read more

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