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The National Guard and Reserve full-time workforce has been in the news lately because of the furloughs that they are facing due to sequestration.  The original furlough has been cut from 22 to 14 days. That is okay news for the Guard, though it's far from optimal. Another announcement was made... Read more
This afternoon, Senators Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., David Vitter, R-La., Chris Coons, D-Delaware, Roy Blunt, R-Mo., Mary Landrieu, D-La., Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., Mark Warner, D-Va., and Patty Murray, D-Wash., introduced bipartisan legislation to expand cyber security capability in the National Guard... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (March 5, 2013) The National Guard should be pleased with a $982 billion funding bill released Monday by the House Appropriations Committee designed to keep the government open past March 27. In all areas except Army Guard personnel, the committee funds the Guard at or... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Feb. 26, 2013) NGAUS is asking Congress to find an alternative to sequestration, which would cause great harm to the National Guard if the $85 billion in cuts for the current fiscal year kick in Friday. Gen. Frank J. Grass, the chief of the National Guard Bureau, has... Read more
The Air Force for the past month, along with the other services, has been vocal on the devastating impact sequestration will have across the board. After testifying last week on the Hill, Chief of Staff of the Air Force Gen. Mark Welsh has continued to clarify and warn of what sequestration will do... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Feb. 19, 2013) Sequestration and a yearlong continuing resolution would significantly hinder the National Guard’s ability to protect and defend the homeland, Gen. Frank J. Grass told the Senate Armed Services Committee last week. “Sequestration will be devastating to the... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Jan. 29, 2013) The Army National Guard in several states reacted positively and quickly last week when the Pentagon lifted its ban on women serving in combat, opening hundreds of thousands of front-line positions to women after generations of limits on their service.... Read more
Media outlets in Washington are reporting that Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is planning to lift the ban on women serving in combat-graded positions.  In reality, women have been engaging in close-quarters combat for many years, including the entire duration of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.... Read more
WASHINGTON (Jan. 16, 2013) — Army and Air National Guardsmen nationwide are applauding a new Reserve Forces Policy Board report that recommends the Pentagon account for  full life-cycle costs when calculating personnel expenses, especially when comparing the cost of  Guardsmen and Reservists with... Read more
Last week, Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley published four opinion pieces on the future of the Air Force. Donley focused on three main areas: force structure, readiness and modernization. The theme: "We are smaller and likely to get even smaller at a time when our weapons are old and we... Read more

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