Department of Defense

(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
Letters to Congress and the Executive Branch On behalf of the nearly 460,000 men and women of the National Guard, NGAUS regularly reaches out to members of Congress and the Executive Branch on issues of importance. Below is an archive of the letters that have been sent on your behalf.  2014... Read more
The Reserve Forces Policy Board’s January 2013 report entitled: “Eliminating Major Gaps in DoD Data on the Fully-Burdened and Life-Cycle Cost of Military Personnel: Cost Elements Should be Mandated by Policy”,  found that the cost of a reserve component (RC) service member when not activated is... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (April 23, 2013) Overseas deployments for the Army National Guard and Army Reserve to places like Kosovo and the Sinai may end as the Army looks for ways to save money. The service’s Office of Legislative Liaison delivered a memo last week to both chambers of Congress... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (April 23, 2013) Traditional assumptions about force structure deserve reconsideration in the current fiscal environment, the chief of the National Guard Bureau said last week. During testimony on Capitol Hill, Gen. Frank J. Grass was asked about the optimum mix of active... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (April 16, 2013) There will be no medal for drone pilots and cyber warriors no matter how well they perform. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel scrapped the Distinguished Warfare medal Monday in favor of a device that can be attached to existing medals. The medal was announced... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (April 9, 2013) An effort has begun in the Pentagon to move the fire-fighting mission now performed by the Air National Guard and the Air Force Reserve to Title 10 status under active-component command. A memorandum making this recommendation was obtained by NGAUS. It was... Read more

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