Department of Defense

All across the United States, Americans are seeing the same image – the power of the National Guard in response to national disasters. As Hurricane Sandy swept across the east coast late last week, over 85,000 National Guard member were made available to assist civilian authorities in potentially... Read more
Last week the Office of Budget and Management (OMB) circulate a memo to the heads of executive departments and agencies to clarify issues raised by the potential impact of sequestration as set forth by last year's Budget Control Act. In the memo, OMB stated it would be holding discussion on issues... Read more
House lawmakers this week are set to move two of the largest annual appropriations bills, the Defense and Labor-HHS-Education spending bills, and will also take a step toward finding a way to halt automatic spending cuts due early next year. By week’s end, the House is expected to pass the annual... Read more
Today, the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness met to hold a hearing on the Department of the Air Force aircraft force structure reductions proposed in the 2013 President's budget request. The witnesses included Governor Terry Branstad of Iowa, Major General Timothy Lowenberg – TAG of... Read more
You may remember Stuxnet, the virus believed to be developed to cripple Iran’s uranium enrichment facility at Natanz. You may also remember the Wikileaks phenomenon, which released hundreds of classified State Department 'cables' embarrassing U.S. and foreign diplomats across the globe. You may... Read more
Last month the Pentagon released its Quadrennial Review of Military Compensation (QRMC) which assesses the effectiveness of military pay and benefits. Some of the biggest provisions of this year’s report recommend important changes in reserve retirement pay and benefits. Some provisions to note... Read more
Senate Appropriators on the Subcommittee on Defense (SAC-D) met yesterday morning to hold a hearing on the FY13 Defense spending bill. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey and Undersecretary of Defense Comptroller Robert Hale were present... Read more
Hope you all had a wonderful weekend and a happy Mother's Day! Another busy week here at NGAUS as the House takes up the defense authorization bill as soon as Wednesday and will need a couple days to finish it. The full House Appropriations Committee is slated to mark up the Military Construction... Read more

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