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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 (May 22, 2014) ― The National Guard Association of the United States today released the following statement by retired Maj. Gen. Gus Hargett, the NGAUS president, on today’s final House passage of the fiscal 2015 National Defense Authorization Act:  “National Guardsmen across the country... Read more
WASHINGTON (May 7, 2014) ― NGAUS today released the following statement by retired Maj. Gen. Gus Hargett, the NGAUS president, on new Senate legislation (S.2295) that would create a National Commission on the Future of the Army: “National Guardsmen across the country are indebted to the Senate... Read more
It may the end of the road for the National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force (NCSAF) as a body, but it is hardly the end of its findings. They should continue to impact the Air Force for years to come as the service accepts many of the commission’s ideas for the Total Force. In what you... Read more
Despite the fact that law requires the Air Force to maintain an operational A-10 fleet over this fiscal year, it appears as though the Air Force isn’t playing by the rules. Last week, Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H. and Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., sent a letter to Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee... Read more
Washington Report (April 8, 2014) The chief of the National Guard Bureau acknowledged today that the Army’s plan to pull all the Apache helicopters from the Army Guard could very well go forward, but he put his hopes in Congress that will have its own ideas about erasing combat helicopters from... Read more
Washington Report (April 8, 2014) Gen. Frank J. Grass, the chief of the National Guard Bureau, told lawmakers today that an outside examination of the structure of the Army is not a bad idea. "Who would not want an independent look?" Grass said this morning at a hearing of the Senate Armed... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (March 4, 2014) Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., said last week he will continue to fight for improved benefits for veterans after Republicans blocked a bill that would have expanded programs such as education, health care and job training. “I am going to keep fighting,” Sanders... Read more
The White House officially delivered its fiscal 2015 budget today, asking for increased taxes on the wealthy and slashing the payments to health providers. The $3.9 trillion budget also plans to raise revenue to repair the nation's roads and bridges. For the Pentagon’s piece of the pie—$495.6... Read more
In a briefing Monday afternoon, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel outlined key priorities in the fiscal 2015 defense budget. Highlights: Reduction of tactical air squadrons to include the entire A-10 fleet. Retire 80 more aircraft, including the entire KC-10 tanker fleet and the Global Hawk Block... Read more

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