Department of Defense

Washington Report (July 22, 2014) The Senate Appropriations Committee last week questioned the Army's plan to remove all AH-64 Apache helicopters from the Army National Guard and wants a cost analysis of what is called the aviation restructure initiative. The lawmakers also included in the fiscal... Read more
Washington Report (July 15, 2014) The NGAUS president is pointing out the flaws in statements made recently by two high-ranking military members who support the Army's plan to remove AH-64 Apache helicopters from the Army National Guard. Retired Maj. Gen. Gus Hargett says the two men miss the... Read more
Washington Report (July 8, 2014) An unprecedented number of child immigrants illegally trying to cross the nation’s southern border have led some officials to call for more National Guard support in the area. Since October, more than 52,000 unaccompanied minors have been detained near the border... Read more
Right now is a very good time for every member of the National Guard to stand up and be counted. The Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission, established by the fiscal 2013 National Defense Authorization Act, is currently conducting a review of all military compensation and... Read more
This month, Air Combat Command (ACC) put out its 2014 Strategic Plan. Gen. Gilmary M. Hostage, the ACC commander, stated the plan is “my twofold guidance to: (1) optimally organize, train and provide combat ready forces and (2) manage and deliver the capabilities required to secure the high ground... Read more
Washington Report (June 24, 2014) The House approved last week a defense spending bill that blocks the retirement of the A-10 aircraft and approves a pay raise of 1.8 percent for military members. A detailed look at the House version of the defense appropriations bill can be viewed here. The... Read more
Washington Report (June 24, 2014) All veterans who served honorably would save money by shopping online at the Army & Air Force Exchange Service if an idea proposed by the exchange director is approved. The Defense Department, which must give the go-ahead on the benefit expansion, is weighing... Read more
By Rebecca Autrey (May 29, 2014) A co-chairman of the House National Guard and Reserve Components Caucus says data must be the driving factor behind future policy decisions on the structure of the Total Army. Rep. Tim Walz, D-Minn., spoke this morning at an event at the Center for Strategic and... Read more
Washington Report (May 27, 2014) While the Air Force awaits the F-35 fifth-generation fighter, another aircraft may be on the horizon that could find an early fit in the Air National Guard. The Scorpion is slower and less advanced than the ballyhooed F-35, but it has the advantages of being cheaper... Read more
Washington Report (May 27, 2014) The House of Representatives has included a commission to study the structure of the Army in its version of the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act. Plus, the Senate Armed Services Committee has included the panel in its version of the bill, which later this... Read more

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