Domestic Response

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
In the current fiscally constrained environment, our federal government is facing difficult choices in prioritizing federal programs. Some of the most contentious discussions are taking place within the Department of Defense as they grapple with the drawn down of the wars and settle on new... Read more
Disasters in our homeland can occur at any time. Yet we now pretend that they will not occur between July 8 and Sept. 30 because the National Guard is being forced to furlough the military personnel who enable the military response to disasters in each of our states. Under the sequester and in... Read more
The challenges and opportunities of the National Guard's changing environment suggest the need for enhanced capacity to act as one voice - that is, to chart strategic directions and mobilize the National Guard community around those directions. The NGAUS strategic plan sets the direction for... Read more
Letters to Congress and the Executive Branch On behalf of the nearly 460,000 men and women of the National Guard, NGAUS regularly reaches out to members of Congress and the Executive Branch on issues of importance. Below is an archive of the letters that have been sent on your behalf.  2014... Read more
(April 16, 2013) The Massachusetts National Guard continued Tuesday to bolster local and state authorities following the Monday explosions at the Boston Marathon. Three people, including an eight-year-old boy, were killed and more than 140 wounded. "We offer our deepest sympathy and prayers to the... Read more
The Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System (MAFFS) is a self-contained unit used for aerial firefighting. For the Air National Guard (ANG), the operator of six MAFFS C-130s, this means a critical partnership with the U.S. Forest Service in response to domestic emergencies – the core mission of the... Read more

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