Department of Defense

Washington Report (March 31, 2015) Senate and House members have told their colleagues on influential committees of their support for the A-10 Thunderbolt II. In letters from members of both chambers, the Warthog has been praised as a key weapon of war that should not be retired. Eighteen House... Read more
Washington Report (March 31, 2015) Rep. Madeleine Bordallo, D-Guam, has introduced the State Partnership Program Enhancement Act of 2015, which would strengthen the National Guard State Partnership Program and build a strong permanent legal foundation for this critical "soft power" global... Read more
Washington Report (March 24, 2015) NGAUS has confidence that the eight people chosen to serve on the National Commission on the Future of the Army will take a close and objective look at the service before making recommendations to Congress. Retired Maj. Gen. Gus Hargett, the NGAUS president,... Read more
Washington Report (March 24, 2015) The 21 adjutants general who have C-130s in their states are asking congressional leaders to provide the Air Force with flexibility regarding a modernization program for the fleet and to maintain a fleet of at least 308 aircraft. The letter was sent last week to... Read more
Washington Report (March 24, 2015) At the urging of the NGAUS legislative director, lawmakers promised last week to investigate a disability-compensation claim process that seems to favor active-component members over those in the National Guard and Reserve. Retired Col. Pete Duffy brought up the... Read more
Washington Report (March 17, 2015) As Congress gets serious about the nation's budget, some Republicans are calling for an end to the automatic budget cuts known as sequestration, but others in the party are unlikely to agree. Some are devising ways to get around it. President Barack Obama's budget... Read more
Washington Report (March 17, 2015) Operation Freedom's Sentinel is now a qualifying operation for award of the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal and Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, according to a Defense Department news release. In a memorandum signed last week, Jessica Wright, the... Read more
Washington Report (March 10, 2015) First Air Force has filed an "urgent operational need" to improve Block 30 F-16s. The upgrade would be the installation of the Northrop Grumman APG-83 SABR active electronically scanned array radar, according to Air Force Times. The upgrade would benefit aircraft... Read more
Washington Report (March 10, 2015) NGAUS has told senators with influence on defense issues that it supports much of what the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission recommended, but also made clear its concerns. In a letter last week, retired Maj. Gen. Gus Hargett told... Read more
Washington Report (March 10, 2015) Top Air Force officers, including Gen. Frank J. Grass, the chief of the National Guard Bureau, spent last week talking about the service's close-air support mission, but focused on using F-15s and F-16s for the mission, not the A-10 Thunderbolt, which has long... Read more