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Washington Report (July 21, 2015) The National Commission on the Future of the Army will likely recommend to Congress a smoother path for service members to move between the active and reserve components. Retired Gen. Carter Ham, the panel's chairman, told Army Times last week that easing the... Read more
Washington Report (July 21, 2015) Governors, the Pentagon and Congress are taking steps to prevent another tragedy like the one last week in Chattanooga, Tenn., in which a gunman shot dead four Marines and a Navy petty officer. The gunman, who was killed by police, also fired shots at a recruiting... Read more
Washington Report (July 14, 2015) Suicides in the National Guard during the first three months of 2015 were up from the same time period one year ago, according to the Defense Department Quarterly Suicide Report. The report also shows a drop in the number of suicides in both the active component... Read more
Washington Report (July 14, 2015) Congress easily passed last week legislation to create an identification card for all honorably discharged service members. Supporters say the bill, now awaiting the signature of the president, will allow veterans to quickly prove their honorable service if they... Read more
Washington Report (July 14, 2015) Army Guardsmen's personal information was inadvertently compromised when a contract employee transferred files to a data center that is not accredited by the Defense Department, the National Guard Bureau said last week.    All current and former members of the Army... Read more
Washington Report (July 7, 2015) Congress has a lot of work ahead of it following the Fourth of July recess, from high-profile Pentagon confirmations to defense spending bills. It has nondefense issues, like highway funding, to address, as well.   Topping the defense list is the fiscal 2016... Read more
Washington Report (July 7, 2015) Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, says in the Pentagon's new National Military Strategy that a strong reserve component would be required in a war against a "major adversary."  Inside Defense notes this week that the chairman's words... Read more
Washington Report (July 7, 2015) Retired Gen. Carter Ham, the chairman of the National Commission on the Future of the Army, said the issues facing the service are complex, but that all concerned have the nation's best interest in mind.   Ham spoke to the newspaper in Killeen, Texas, ahead of the... Read more
Washington Report (June 30, 2015) Citizen-soldiers and airmen were successful in nominating their employers for the 2015 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award. Nine of the 15 winners were nominated by members of the National Guard.   The award is presented annually by Employer Support... Read more
Washington Report (June 23, 2015) The Senate passed its version of the fiscal 2016 National Defense Authorization Act Thursday, and the measure includes some key language in support of the National Guard. The bill, among other things, prevents the Army from transferring any of the Guard's remaining... Read more

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