Department of Defense

The National Defense Authorization Act handily passed Thursday by the House of Representatives authorizes $552.1 billion in spending for national defense and an additional $79.4 billion for overseas contingency operations. The vote was 325 to 98. In addition to provisions mentioned previously, the... Read more
WASHINGTON (May 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 today’s final House passage of the fiscal 2015 National Defense Authorization Act:  “National Guardsmen across the country... Read more
Washington Report (May 20, 2014) The White House does not approve of an effort in the House version of the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act to save the A-10 fleet from retirement or prevent the Army from removing all AH-64 Apache helicopters from the Army National Guard. A policy statement... Read more
Washington Report (May 13, 2014) Two U.S. senators on the Senate Armed Services Committee have introduced legislation aimed at strengthening mental health care for members of the military. Wednesday, Sens. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., and Roger Wicker, R-Miss., introduced the Jacob Sexton Military... Read more
A little after midnight, the House Armed Services committee (HASC) unanimously passed its version of the fiscal 2015 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). This marks the 53rd consecutive year this piece of legislation has passed the defense committee, authorizing $521.3 billion dollars in... Read more
Washington Report (May 6, 2014) NGAUS sent out two legislative alerts this week ahead of the House Armed Services Committee’s markup of the fiscal 2015 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The first alert, the association’s sixth of the year, asks members to write their congressional... Read more
I remember 28th Infantry Division commanders and staffs using the phrase “fight smart and win” to describe what the United States military would have to do to defeat the Soviets.  At a disadvantage in manpower and matched in weaponry, smart was essential.   In the end we were, because other than... Read more
Forty-seven of our nation's governors recently made an emphatic suggestion to Congress: The acrimonious debate between the Army and the National Guard should end and a dialogue should begin with the enactment of H.R. 3930. The proposed legislation sets up an objective, nonpartisan commission to... Read more
Washington Report (April 22, 2013) The Air Force fleet would prove inadequate against an enemy with high-tech airpower, according to a study from the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments. The study was revealed last week in a report from National Defense.   Too much of the Air Force... Read more
Despite the fact that law requires the Air Force to maintain an operational A-10 fleet over this fiscal year, it appears as though the Air Force isn’t playing by the rules. Last week, Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H. and Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., sent a letter to Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee... Read more

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