Department of Defense

NGAUS Washington Report (Feb. 26, 2013) NGAUS is asking Congress to find an alternative to sequestration, which would cause great harm to the National Guard if the $85 billion in cuts for the current fiscal year kick in Friday. Gen. Frank J. Grass, the chief of the National Guard Bureau, has... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Feb. 26, 2013) A member of Congress has added his voice to those unhappy with the Pentagon’s decision to rank a new medal above those that can only be earned in combat. Rep. Tom Rooney, R-Fla., an Army veteran, has asked the Defense Department to reconsider the importance... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Feb. 26, 2013) The Air National Guard may be forced to ground aircraft this week due to shortfalls in the operations and maintenance accounts under the current continuing resolution that is funding the government at 2012 levels for lack of a fiscal 2013 budget. Gen. Frank... Read more
The Air Force for the past month, along with the other services, has been vocal on the devastating impact sequestration will have across the board. After testifying last week on the Hill, Chief of Staff of the Air Force Gen. Mark Welsh has continued to clarify and warn of what sequestration will do... Read more
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

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