Department of Defense

A little after midnight, the House Armed Services committee (HASC) unanimously passed its version of the fiscal 2015 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). This marks the 53rd consecutive year this piece of legislation has passed the defense committee, authorizing $521.3 billion dollars in... Read more
Washington Report (May 6, 2014) NGAUS sent out two legislative alerts this week ahead of the House Armed Services Committee’s markup of the fiscal 2015 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The first alert, the association’s sixth of the year, asks members to write their congressional... Read more
I remember 28th Infantry Division commanders and staffs using the phrase “fight smart and win” to describe what the United States military would have to do to defeat the Soviets.  At a disadvantage in manpower and matched in weaponry, smart was essential.   In the end we were, because other than... Read more
Forty-seven of our nation's governors recently made an emphatic suggestion to Congress: The acrimonious debate between the Army and the National Guard should end and a dialogue should begin with the enactment of H.R. 3930. The proposed legislation sets up an objective, nonpartisan commission to... Read more
Washington Report (April 22, 2013) The Air Force fleet would prove inadequate against an enemy with high-tech airpower, according to a study from the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments. The study was revealed last week in a report from National Defense.   Too much of the Air Force... Read more
Despite the fact that law requires the Air Force to maintain an operational A-10 fleet over this fiscal year, it appears as though the Air Force isn’t playing by the rules. Last week, Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H. and Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., sent a letter to Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee... Read more
(April 10) Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., convened a bipartisan group of lawmakers from both chambers of Congress today and backed them with pilots and maintainers in her drive to save the A-10 Thunderbolt from retirement by the Air Force. “Our most solemn obligation when we send troops into harm’s way... Read more
Washington Report (April 8, 2014) The chief of the National Guard Bureau acknowledged today that the Army’s plan to pull all the Apache helicopters from the Army Guard could very well go forward, but he put his hopes in Congress that will have its own ideas about erasing combat helicopters from... Read more
Washington Report (April 8, 2014) Gen. Frank J. Grass, the chief of the National Guard Bureau, told lawmakers today that an outside examination of the structure of the Army is not a bad idea. "Who would not want an independent look?" Grass said this morning at a hearing of the Senate Armed... Read more
The Scope of the Report The National Guard and Reserve Equipment Report (NGRER) is a statutory requirement that reflects congressional interest in ensuring a well-equipped and robust reserve component capability within the armed forces. The NGRER identifies major items of equipment in the reserve-... Read more

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