Department of Defense

NGAUS Washington Report (May 28, 2013) In what may be a sign of things to come, the Pentagon’s request for higher fees for TRICARE users was quickly deep-sixed last week by the first group of lawmakers to consider it. The House Armed Services subcommittee on military personnel rejected nearly all... 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
NGAUS Washington Report (May 21, 2013) Army Times says the Pentagon is preparing to send a report to Congress that details how reserve-component (RC) troops are cheaper to the taxpayers than their active-component (AC) counterparts, even when mobilized.    The study is based two years of... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (May 21, 2013) Most National Guard military technicians and civilian employees can expect 11 furlough days before the end of the fiscal year, National Guard Bureau officials said May 16.    The move comes after Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel gave official notice the day... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (May 21, 2013) Proposed National Guard spending in the Defense Department's budget request for overseas contingency operations next year is down significantly from fiscal 2013.    The Pentagon is seeking $393.4 million for personnel costs and $199.3 million for... Read more
(May 15, 2013) It appears that the majority of uniformed National Guardsmen employed as military technicians nationwide will not escape employee furloughs that are part of the Defense Department’s sequestration plans. According to a May 14 memo from Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to senior... Read more
(May 10, 2013) The Reserve Forces Policy Board has responded to a request from Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel about how best to use the National Guard and the Reserves. Their recommendations are good news for both reserve components if the Pentagon boss takes it to heart. In a report delivered  to... Read more
Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel will decide soon on the length of the furlough affecting over 800,000 DoD civilian employees, including National Guard military technicians. After the initial announcement that DoD would furlough its civilians for 22 weeks through September 30, Hagel reduced the... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (May 7, 2013) A Defense Department report titled “2013 Military and Security Developments Involving the People’s Republic of China” went to Congress Monday. As the country pivots toward the Pacific region in its foreign policy, the report’s importance increases. The entire... Read more
In a world overflowing with information of uncertain quality, it can be hard to distinguish fact from fiction. NGAUS relies on the research of independent, unbiased think-tanks, academic institutions and advisory boards to provide scholarly analysis and strategic research on policy issues affecting... Read more

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