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Washington Report (March 10, 2015) Top Air Force officers, including Gen. Frank J. Grass, the chief of the National Guard Bureau, spent last week talking about the service's close-air support mission, but focused on using F-15s and F-16s for the mission, not the A-10 Thunderbolt, which has long... Read more
By Rebecca Autrey March 4, 2015 The Air Force told Congress today it is either in the process of implementing or agrees with the principle behind almost all of the 42 recommendations made last year by the National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force. In a report to lawmakers, the Secretary... Read more
Washington Report (March 3, 2015) The National Governors Association has told the president that state executives oppose the Army's plan to cut the size of the Army National Guard by 8,000 and remove all of its AH-64 Apache helicopters, calling the proposals found in the president's 2016 fiscal... Read more
Washington Report (February 24, 2015) Eighty men and women with expertise in national security have signed an open letter to House and Senate leaders to end the spending limits required by the Budget Control Act and adequately fund the military so it can address threats around the globe. Former... Read more
Washington Report (February 18, 2015) The head of the Department of Veterans Affairs wants flexibility in how he can use $10 billion marked for the Choice Card program, which allows qualified veterans to seek health care from providers outside the VA. Secretary Robert McDonald said only 27,000... Read more
Washington Report (February 18, 2015) The Department of Veterans Affairs has hundreds of facilities that are underutilized or not being used at all, the VA secretary told lawmakers last week, and he wants to close them. Secretary Robert McDonald told the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs that... Read more
By Rebecca Autrey February 12, 2015 The chairman of the House Appropriations Committee said he’ll continue to fight for adequate funding of National Guard priorities during remarks at NGAUS headquarters Tuesday. Rep. Hal Rogers, R-Ky., addressed the issue at the 2015 Legislative Liaison Workshop.... Read more
Washington Report (February 10, 2015) A commission's recommendation that TRICARE be abolished in favor of a system that offers more choice was questioned last week by Democrats on the House Armed Services Committee. The Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission included the... Read more
Washington Report (February 10, 2015) A panel of government affairs strategists told National Guard legislative liaisons today that open lines of communication with congressional staff members are critical for success. Click here to view photos. Click here to view presentations/slides. Their... Read more
Washington Report (February 10, 2015) Two members of the House, including a member of the Hawaii Army National Guard, have told their colleagues that sequestration is hurting military readiness and called for the automatic budget cuts to be lifted from defense spending. "We believe alleviating the... Read more

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