Department of Defense

The United States Senate defines a continuing resolution (CR) as “legislation in the form of a joint resolution enacted by Congress, when the new fiscal year is about to begin or has begun, to provide budget authority for Federal agencies and programs to continue in operation until the regular... Read more
(Feb. 7, 2013) Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta revealed Wednesday that the proposed military pay raise for 2014 is 1 percent, and that the department is proceeding in a logical, careful way to do its part to cut the deficit and preserve military capabilities. Panetta and Gen. Martin E. Dempsey,... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Feb. 5, 2013) Maj. Gen. Mark Bartman, the head of the Ohio Air National Guard, represents the National Guard on an Air Force task force that is designed to better merge the active component and the two reserve components of the force. The Total Force Task Force was... Read more
Budget sequestration has been a major discussion topic in the defense community for some time. The Defense Department resisted even planning for sequestration for many months, but it now seems more and more likely that it will happen.  Cuts will affect the Guard. That much is certain. But what... Read more
(Jan. 31, 2012) Former Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel told the Senate Armed Services Committee today that his guiding principle is to make U.S. policy “worthy of our troops and their families and the sacrifices we ask them to make.” In his opening statement at his confirmation hearing, Hagel, President... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Jan. 29, 2013) The Army National Guard in several states reacted positively and quickly last week when the Pentagon lifted its ban on women serving in combat, opening hundreds of thousands of front-line positions to women after generations of limits on their service.... Read more
Media outlets in Washington are reporting that Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is planning to lift the ban on women serving in combat-graded positions.  In reality, women have been engaging in close-quarters combat for many years, including the entire duration of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Jan. 22, 2013) The across-the-board spending cuts that would result if sequestration kicks in March 1 will hollow out military forces faster than most Americans imagine, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said last week. Gen. Martin E. Dempsey said during a recent... Read more
WASHINGTON (Jan. 16, 2013) — Army and Air National Guardsmen nationwide are applauding a new Reserve Forces Policy Board report that recommends the Pentagon account for  full life-cycle costs when calculating personnel expenses, especially when comparing the cost of  Guardsmen and Reservists with... Read more
Last week, Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley published four opinion pieces on the future of the Air Force. Donley focused on three main areas: force structure, readiness and modernization. The theme: "We are smaller and likely to get even smaller at a time when our weapons are old and we... Read more

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