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Washington Report (May 17, 2016) The House will consider its version of the fiscal 2017 National Defense Authorization Act this week, while the version passed by the Senate Armed Services Committee last week leaks out in bits and pieces. Published reports show a difference in the two plans... Read more
“My VA is about keeping veterans at the table: In control of how, when and where they wish to be served.” - VA Secretary Robert McDonald “My VA” is how Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald described his ideal standard of care when speaking today about his vision for an... Read more
Washington Report (May 3, 2016) Financial experts are telling the Pentagon that the reformed military retirement plan would shortchange career service members, especially those in the enlisted ranks, according to a report this week from Military Times. While National Guard members continue to wait... Read more
Washington Report (April 19, 2016) The Democratic presidential candidates, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., added their voices to the chorus opposing cuts to Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits, which are in a House bill that includes other services for veterans.... Read more
  I was in the room Wednesday as Defense Secretary Ash Carter revealed his plan to reform the structure of the military at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a think tank in Washington, D.C. In his talk, “Breaking New Ground: Preparing the DOD for the Future,” Carter said it was... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report  (April 5, 2016) Three National Guard Youth ChalleNGe programs will open next year, including one in a state that has not previously hosted the program. The first Youth ChalleNGe academy in Tennessee will open in Nashville in March 2017. Georgia will add a third program in... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (March 29, 2016) Gen. Frank J. Grass, the chief of the National Guard Bureau, told Congress to delay a plan that would remove some dual-status technicians from the Guard and make them civilian employees of the federal government. The plan in the fiscal 2016 National Defense... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (March 29, 2016) Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla., says a continuing resolution is likely next year as House Republicans seem unable to agree on a budget for fiscal 2017. Cole, who made the remarks on C-SPAN last week, is a member of the House Budget Committee. “I think that’s more... Read more
Washington Report (March 8, 2016) The adjutants general from states flying the C-130 have asked House and Senate defense leaders to push the Air Force to comply with mandated modernization plans while keeping separate their request to add four or more new C-130Js to the Air National Guard. Twenty-... Read more
Washington Report (February 16, 2016) The surveillance blimp program receives $45.5 million in the president's budget request despite a high-profile incident last year when a blimp broke free and floated more than 100 miles before falling to earth. A tether dragged behind damaged power lines and... Read more

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