Department of Defense

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
NGAUS Washington Report (Oct. 22, 2013) The Army National Guard is reorganizing its brigade combat teams to stay in step with rest of the Army, according to a report in Army Times. Six of the Guard’s 28 brigade combat teams will be reorganized this year, with the others to follow through fiscal... Read more
After a 16-day government shutdown and just before the U.S. was set to reach its borrowing limit, Congress cleared, and the president signed H.R. 2775, the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2014, a measure to reopen the government and lift the debt ceiling. The law funds the government through January... Read more
In a time when Congress can agree to very little, cyber security funding appears to be one thing everyone can agree on – especially in defense. The 2014 Defense budget put forward earlier this year allocated $4.7 billion for cyber-operations, up from $3.9 billion in 2013. This is interesting,... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Oct. 15, 2013) Word in Washington, D.C., is that a deal is about to be struck that could end the government shutdown now in its 15th day. But National Guardsmen shouldn’t be packing their bags for a weekend drill just yet. Senators are reported to be close to agreeing on... Read more

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