Department of Defense

(March 7, 2014) A Pentagon proposal would give National Guardsmen and Reserve members retirement pay immediately after completing 20 years of service. The pay would be slight and would result in less pay over a veteran’s lifetime, but the Defense Department thinks it may appeal to many troops. The... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Feb. 25, 2104) NGAUS Washington Report (March 4, 2014)  Fifty governors oppose the possible cuts to the Army National Guard and have made their feelings known in a letter to President Barack Obama. The letter, which was sent through the National Governors Association, was... Read more
The White House officially delivered its fiscal 2015 budget today, asking for increased taxes on the wealthy and slashing the payments to health providers. The $3.9 trillion budget also plans to raise revenue to repair the nation's roads and bridges. For the Pentagon’s piece of the pie—$495.6... Read more
Seeking to put more civilian oversight in civil-military relations, the National Governors Association weighed in on the proposed cuts to the National Guard recommended in the fiscal 2015 Defense Department budget request. In a letter to the president, all 50 governors expressed their strong... Read more
In a briefing Monday afternoon, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel outlined key priorities in the fiscal 2015 defense budget. Highlights: Reduction of tactical air squadrons to include the entire A-10 fleet. Retire 80 more aircraft, including the entire KC-10 tanker fleet and the Global Hawk Block... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Feb. 25, 2014) Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s rollout of the Pentagon budget Monday prompted quick and angry responses from several quarters. Especially targeted were plans to cut to the size of the Army National Guard, the transfer of AH-64 Apache helicopters from the... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Feb. 25, 2104) Governors who met with President Barack Obama Monday say he defended cuts to the National Guard found in the fiscal 2015 defense budget proposal released the same day. “He said, ‘If I hear any of you pushing back, making statements about Washington spends... Read more
WASHINGTON (Feb. 24, 2014) ― The National Guard Association of the United States today released the following statement by retired Maj. Gen. Gus Hargett, the NGAUS president: “We are disappointed, but hardly surprised, that today’s Pentagon budget preview ignores the advice of Congress and the... Read more
This article originally appeared on the Patriot News Opinion Page Wednesday. Link to original article here. I recall a favorite remark used by former Pennsylvania adjutant general, Maj. Gen. Gerald T. Sajer: “We’re out of money, now we have to think.” General Sajer used this when subordinates... Read more
“Air superiority isn’t a given, it never has been. But if we can’t provide it, everything we do on the ground and sea will have to change.”—Gen. Mark Welsh, chief of staff of the Air Force, “Is the F-35 Worth It?,” 60 Minutes, Feb. 16. The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is the Pentagon’s newest weapons... Read more

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