Department of Defense

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
NGAUS Washington Report (Sept. 3, 2013) An afternoon last week was a time for reflection on a war that spanned 10 years and cost the country the lives of more than 58,000 young men and women. It was also an occasion to honor and thank nine Vietnam War veterans who’d served a total of 14 tours in-... Read more
Wildfires this summer are showing why the National Guard should remain the go-to force in the U.S. military when additional help is needed to stem these raging blazes. Yet the Defense Department has made noises about removing this effort from the Air National Guard and transferring it to active-... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Aug. 27, 2013) The Army is preparing for years of lower readiness levels, a top officer told Breaking Defense, a military-related website. Gen. John Campbell, the Army vice chief of staff, said many units will be kept at lower readiness levels as the service deals with... Read more

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