Department of Defense

By Retired Maj. Gen. Gus L. Hargett Jr. Congress and the president have an opportunity over the next two weeks to right a wrong enacted two years ago when they saddled the federal government with sequestration. Sequestration was their clumsy effort to reduce the nation’s deficit through automatic... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Oct. 4, 2013) NGAUS supports an effort by a bipartisan group of senators to find a way to pay National Guardsmen during the government shutdown. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark... Read more
(Oct. 2, 2013) National Guardsmen will not have weekend drills as long as the government shutdown continues, NGAUS has been told. The funding for inactive duty training is not available as long as the federal government remains partially inoperative. Some states anticipated the shutdown and moved... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Oct. 1, 2013) Service members will not miss a paycheck during the shutdown of the federal government that began at midnight Monday when Congress failed to come up with a budget or a continuing resolution to continue funding government services and programs. But veterans... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Oct. 1, 2013) The chief of the National Guard Bureau expressed disappointment with the government shutdown that began at midnight Monday. Gen. Frank J. Grass said his concern is mainly with the civilian workforce and the military technicians. The Guard bureau released this... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Sept. 17, 2013) The Air Force is considering dumping its entire fleet of A-10 Thunderbolts in a cost-cutting effort. The move would impact the Air National Guard in four states where A-10 squadrons fly the air-to-ground fighter jet. The possibility was reported this week... Read more
(Sept. 12, 2013) The active-component leadership in the Pentagon does not agree with a Defense Department panel’s recommendation last week that the reserve component remain at an operational level even after the war in Afghanistan ends. The recommendation from the Reserve Forces Policy Board... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Sept. 11, 2013) Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has released the following statement to mark September as Suicide Prevention Month: The Department of Defense has no more important responsibility than supporting and protecting those who defend our country, and that means we... Read more
A review of all courses of action currently under discussion for the total Army in the Program Objective Memorandum for fiscal years 2015 to 2019 show they are all versions of proportional reductions of all three components. These proposals reduce our national defense capability and put homeland... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Sept. 3, 2013) A Defense Department panel is expected to endorse greater reliance on reserve-component troops when it makes a formal recommendation to leadership this week. Members of the Reserve Forces Policy Board will vote Thursday on how reserve-component troops should... Read more

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