Domestic Response

WASHINGTON (July 26, 2013) NGAUS today released the following statement by retired Maj. Gen. Gus L. Hargett Jr., the NGAUS president: “The House of Representatives sent a clear message to the Pentagon this week in its version of the fiscal 2014 Defense Appropriations Act: Keep the National Guard... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (July 16, 2013) The NGAUS president planned to tell an influential group today to stem the fiscal crisis affecting the government and the Pentagon by growing the National Guard and shrinking the active-component force. Retired Maj. Gen. Gus L. Hargett Jr. told a Reserve... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (July 16, 2013) Secretary of the Army John McHugh warned last week that sequestration continues to threaten military readiness. "The furlough will have a degrading effect on the readiness of the Guard. That's inescapable," McHugh said during a visit Friday to the District... Read more
While the National Guard continues to carry out its dual mission as an operational force at home and abroad, increasing response of Guardsmen to natural disasters has highlighted the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC) as integral to providing affected states with assistance.   ... Read more
I read with interest the opinion piece by Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, in The Washington Post last week. In The Military Needs to Reach Out to Civilians, the general remarked on the need for a better relationship between the military and the civilian population... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report The desire for an Air National Guard flying unit in each state was discussed last week when the National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force met for the third time. “Why does a governor need an F-16?” wondered Les Brownlee, a former undersecretary of the Army and a... Read more
Pentagon leaders exempted uniformed personnel from the sequester to limit the impact of ongoing budget debates on military readiness. However, they did not include the approximately 53,000 National Guard military technicians in that exemption. These technicians support the readiness of troops not... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (June 18, 2013) The chief of the National Guard Bureau said Monday a proper mix of forces in the active and reserve components will best serve the nation. Gen. Frank J. Grass said, “I try not to say one or the other. We have to find a balance.” Grass spoke Monday morning... Read more
This week is a busy week – the House of Representatives will be considering its version of the FY14 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), H.R 1960, on the floor. Meanwhile, the Senate Armed Services Committee will be marking its version S.1304. The House Armed Services committee passed H.R.... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (June 4, 2013) The NGAUS Legislative staff has developed a strategic plan to coordinate its efforts on Capitol Hill as lawmakers wrestle with tough decisions caused by the limited resources available across the entire government, including the Pentagon.   The military... Read more

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