Department of Defense

NGAUS Washington Report (Sept. 3, 2013) An afternoon last week was a time for reflection on a war that spanned 10 years and cost the country the lives of more than 58,000 young men and women. It was also an occasion to honor and thank nine Vietnam War veterans who’d served a total of 14 tours in-... Read more
Wildfires this summer are showing why the National Guard should remain the go-to force in the U.S. military when additional help is needed to stem these raging blazes. Yet the Defense Department has made noises about removing this effort from the Air National Guard and transferring it to active-... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Aug. 27, 2013) The Army is preparing for years of lower readiness levels, a top officer told Breaking Defense, a military-related website. Gen. John Campbell, the Army vice chief of staff, said many units will be kept at lower readiness levels as the service deals with... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Aug. 27, 2013) The Army should choose a new boot for soldiers next spring and have it available soon after that, according to a newspaper report this week. Three companies have created boots that will stand up to the heat and dust and mountainous terrain like that found in... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Aug. 27, 2013) Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel vowed last week to protect the GI Bill for post-9/11 veterans, which he helped write when he was a U.S. senator. He was answering a question from a Marine during a visit to Hawaii about a specific part of the law, but chose to... 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
(Aug. 21, 2013) Airmen who are a bit too big around the middle may not automatically fail the Air Force physical fitness test, according to a memo today from the service’s chief of staff. The memo from Gen. Mark A. Welsh III, which was obtained by Air Force Times, allows leniency on the... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Aug. 20, 2013) For the first time, the Pentagon has given an Air National Guard unit the certification to drop nuclear bombs. The 131st Bomb Wing at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., passed the Defense Department’s Initial Nuclear Surety Inspection and may assist with the... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Aug. 20, 2013) The Defense Department will extend benefits to same-sex spouses of uniformed service members and  civilian employees. After a review of the department’s benefit policies following the Supreme Court’s ruling that part of the Defense of Marriage Act is... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Aug. 13, 2013) The Defense Department is putting together a working group to look into the epidemic of child abuse in the military. The Prevention and Coordinated Community Response to Child Abuse, Neglect and Domestic Abuse Working Group was reported this week in Army... Read more

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