Department of Defense

NGAUS Washington Report (June 4, 2013) Pete Duffy, the acting NGAUS legislative director, told the Commission on the Structure of the Air Force today that the Air National Guard can play a valuable role in the flying service’s future.   The commission was created by Congress a year ago in the... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (June 4, 2013) Male and female service members are united by the uniform they wear and by a single, shared standard, the senior enlisted advisor to the chief of the National Guard Bureau said in Arlington, Va., recently. "We do not serve based on gender, race or creed,"... Read more
In the current fiscally constrained environment, our federal government is facing difficult choices in prioritizing federal programs. Some of the most contentious discussions are taking place within the Department of Defense as they grapple with the drawn down of the wars and settle on new... Read more
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

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