Department of Defense

As 2013 draws to an end, there is a strong sense that change is in the air. The United States finds itself winding down a major ground campaign in Afghanistan and pivoting its security doctrine towards the Pacific. New threats in the cyber domain have placed additional roles for our nation’s... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Dec. 23, 2013) The 23rd Secretary of the Air Force was formally sworn in Friday at the Pentagon. Deborah James assumed the position of the Air Force’s civilian leader, making her the second female in Air Force history to serve in the role. As James takes on her new duties... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Dec. 17, 2013) Nearly 150 members of the House of Representatives have asked Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to not give in to an Army plan to reduce the size of the Army National Guard to 315,000 soldiers. In a letter sent Friday and signed by members of both parties, House... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Dec. 17, 2013) The Pentagon has determined it can save $120 million a year if TRICARE For Life users fill some prescriptions by mail. The government last week published an interim rule requiring retirees and family members age 65 and older to fill maintenance prescriptions... Read more
It is the National Guard’s Birthday week, and a lot of things happened! WEPTAC The Air National Guard held its 32nd Annual Weapons and Tactics Conference (WEPTAC) this week after being pushed back due to the government shutdown in October.  Warfighters from across the country gathered in Tucson,... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Dec. 3, 2013) The National Guard and the Army have come out of discussions with different views of the service's future. Both aim to save money in this time of required budget cuts, but the Guard plan would keep 30,000 more soldiers in the Army Guard than the Army plan.... Read more
(Nov. 27, 2013) Panther Racing team owner John Barnes joined the likes of Walter Cronkite, Rudy Giuliani and former President George H. W. Bush when he was received the Spirit of Hope award during a ceremony at the Pentagon last week. Adm. James A. Winnefeld, the vice chairman of the Joints Chiefs... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Nov. 26, 2013) The Defense Department is again asking Congress to allow it to use a tool that would help alleviate draconian budget cuts possible under sequestration: the base realignment and closure process, or BRAC. The latest call came from Frank Kendall, the... Read more
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

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