Department of Defense

House and Senate Appropriations Committee leadership unveiled Jan. 13 a $1.1 trillion funding bill for fiscal 2014 that includes all 12 appropriations bills. The House and Senate had previously approved their own versions of the defense and military construction funding bills. However, a budget... Read more
(Jan. 15, 2014)  Lt. Gen. William E. Ingram Jr., the director of the Army National Guard for more than two years, will retire at the end of this month from the military after more than 40 years of service. Ingram became the head of the Army Guard in November 2011 after serving more than nine years... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Jan. 14, 2014) The Army will carry its plan to take away much of the Army National Guard’s helicopter fleet, including all 192 of its AH-64 Apaches, to Capitol Hill this week. Army leaders are scheduled to address the House Armed Services Committee’s subcommittee on... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Jan. 14, 2014) The National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force has finished hearing testimony and will have its report ready for the president and Congress on Feb. 1. At its final hearing last week, Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James spoke well of the... Read more
WASHINGTON (Jan. 13, 2014) The National Guard Association of the United States today released the following statement by retired Maj. Gen. Gus Hargett, the NGAUS president: “The Army chief of staff disparaged the Army National Guard last week by telling reporters in Washington, D.C., that,... Read more
By Rebecca Autrey (Jan. 10, 2014) Between drills, preparing for drills, professional development classes and more, Gen. Frank J. Grass says he’s hard-pressed to find a member of the National Guard who trains only 39 days a year. The chief of the National Guard Bureau was pushing back at a statistic... Read more
By Rebecca Autrey (Jan. 8, 2014) Striking the right balance between active-duty soldiers and reserves, in particular the National Guard, will be a key component of military success as things reshuffle after the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, said Gen. Ray T. Odierno, the Army chief of staff.  ... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Jan. 7, 2014) The Army has asked its commanders to assess the climate within their commands with a special emphasis on how sexual assaults are handled. From the company level upward, commanders have been told to use the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Jan. 7, 2014) The Defense Department announced Friday changes in imminent danger pay that will go into effect June 1, Col. Steven Warren, a Pentagon spokesman, told reporters. According to a DoD news release announcing the recertification, the combatant commands conducted... Read more
As 2013 draws to an end, there is a strong sense that change is in the air. The United States finds itself winding down a major ground campaign in Afghanistan and pivoting its security doctrine towards the Pacific. New threats in the cyber domain have placed additional roles for our nation’s... Read more

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