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Washington Report (August 19, 2014) Before the state's governor called up the National Guard in an attempt to settle unrest in Ferguson, Mo., civil rights leader and Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., said the Guard should be called on to protect protesters. "Federalize the Missouri National Guard to... Read more
Washington Report (August 19, 2014) More than 500,000 service members selected to participate in a survey assessing military workplace environments have started to receive letters or emails regarding the questionnaire. Those invited to respond to the first RAND Military Workplace Study span all... Read more
Washington Report (August 5, 2014) The backlog of claims at the Department of Veterans Affairs is partly the result of delays in getting medical records from the services to the VA, according to a report from the Defense Department inspector general. The report released last week put much of the... Read more
Washington Report (July 8, 2014) An unprecedented number of child immigrants illegally trying to cross the nation’s southern border have led some officials to call for more National Guard support in the area. Since October, more than 52,000 unaccompanied minors have been detained near the border... Read more
Washington Report (July 8, 2014) The commission charged with revamping the military compensation system set the stage to make changes in its final recommendations with an interim report released last week. Analysis of the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission’s initial work... Read more
Right now is a very good time for every member of the National Guard to stand up and be counted. The Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission, established by the fiscal 2013 National Defense Authorization Act, is currently conducting a review of all military compensation and... Read more
This month, Air Combat Command (ACC) put out its 2014 Strategic Plan. Gen. Gilmary M. Hostage, the ACC commander, stated the plan is “my twofold guidance to: (1) optimally organize, train and provide combat ready forces and (2) manage and deliver the capabilities required to secure the high ground... Read more
By Rebecca Autrey (June 19, 2014) The Government Accountability Office said Wednesday there is not enough data to fully analyze benefits of health care provided to veterans by doctors outside the Department of Veterans Affairs. Anecdotal evidence suggests it’s a positive option, according to health... Read more
The National Defense Authorization Act handily passed Thursday by the House of Representatives authorizes $552.1 billion in spending for national defense and an additional $79.4 billion for overseas contingency operations. The vote was 325 to 98. In addition to provisions mentioned previously, the... Read more
Washington Report (May 13, 2014) The House Armed Services Committee hunkered down May 7 for a long day – and night – of debating the fiscal 2015 National Defense Authorization Act. Shortly after midnight the following day, the committee passed its legislation, often called the HASC mark, which... Read more

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