Department of Defense

NGAUS Washington Report (Nov. 26, 2013) Retirees and family members should activate the forwarding function in their Army Knowledge Online account profile before Dec. 31, when their email will no longer be accessible. As of Jan. 1, 2014, they will no longer be able to log into their inboxes or... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Nov. 26, 2013) The newspaper that has served American service members overseas since World War II is being eyed for elimination by the Pentagon. Stars and Stripes reported this week that it and the American Forces Network are under the microscope as the Defense Department... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Nov. 19, 2013) More than 30 members of the Senate and the House of Representatives have asked the defense secretary and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to think carefully before retiring the entire fleet of A-10 aircraft. In a letter signed by 13 senators and 20... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Nov. 19, 2013) An amendment to the Senate defense authorization bill would limit the effects of sequestration in 2014 in exchange for lower defense spending growth for several more years. The amendment being considered by Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Sen. Jeff Sessions,... Read more
The National Guard is America’s first military organization and for 377 years the men and women of the National Guard have proven they can meet any challenge. Since the tragic events of 9/11, the National Guard has transformed from a strategic reserve into an operational force. As our military... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Nov. 12, 2013) The service chiefs were blunt last week when they appeared before the Senate Armed Services Committee, telling the lawmakers that continued cuts under sequestration would have a serious impact on the battlefield. Gen. Ray Odierno, the Army chief of staff,... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Nov. 5, 2013) Bills now or soon to be introduced in Congress address emergency-room reimbursement and dental care for veterans, as well as the permanent funding of death benefits in case of another government closure. The legislative efforts were reported in Army Times.... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Nov. 5, 2013) With painkiller addiction on the rise among its troops, the Defense Department will allow TRICARE to pay for broader treatment of the addiction. The rule that goes into effect Nov. 21 allows TRICARE to pay for certain drug treatments used in substance abuse... Read more
A recent TIME Magazine article by Mark Thompson, “Reshaping the Army,"  argues that the United States Army is at a crossroads, struggling to find its role in an uncertain budgetary future.  After over a decade of conflict in Afghanistan and Iraq, an Asian “pivot” that focuses primarily on increased... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Oct. 22, 2013) The Air Force says it can save $3.5 billion over five years by cutting the entire fleet of A-10s. The service made the claim in response to questions from Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., who had put a hold on the nomination of an Air Force secretary candidate... Read more

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