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NGAUS Washington Report (Oct. 22, 2013) The Air Force says it can save $3.5 billion over five years by cutting the entire fleet of A-10s. The service made the claim in response to questions from Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., who had put a hold on the nomination of an Air Force secretary candidate... Read more
After a 16-day government shutdown and just before the U.S. was set to reach its borrowing limit, Congress cleared, and the president signed H.R. 2775, the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2014, a measure to reopen the government and lift the debt ceiling. The law funds the government through January... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Oct. 15, 2013) Sequestration seems to be a major sticking point as senators try to hammer out a deal to end the government shutdown and extend the debt limit three months. Defense News reports on its website today that ending sequestration, too, may be put off until at... Read more
By Retired Maj. Gen. Gus L. Hargett Jr. Congress and the president have an opportunity over the next two weeks to right a wrong enacted two years ago when they saddled the federal government with sequestration. Sequestration was their clumsy effort to reduce the nation’s deficit through automatic... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Oct. 4, 2013) NGAUS supports an effort by a bipartisan group of senators to find a way to pay National Guardsmen during the government shutdown. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark... Read more
(Sept. 12, 2013) The active-component leadership in the Pentagon does not agree with a Defense Department panel’s recommendation last week that the reserve component remain at an operational level even after the war in Afghanistan ends. The recommendation from the Reserve Forces Policy Board... Read more
“Senate Republicans and senior White House officials have quietly begun talks about the kind of sweeping fiscal legislation needed to lessen or void sequestration, raising hopes of a deal from miniscule to slight.”  This was a recent lead in a Defense News story discussing the potential for... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Aug. 6, 2013) The Department of Veterans Affairs is defending itself against charges that it inappropriately denies claims from C-123 crew members who say they were exposed to Agent Orange after the Vietnam War. According to a lengthy article in The Washington Post Sunday... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (June 25, 2013) Problems have greeted the new provider of services in the TRICARE West Region and a Senate leader wants to know why. Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., who leads the Senate Budget Committee, wants a review of the contract awarded to UnitedHealthcare Military &... Read more
This week is a busy week – the House of Representatives will be considering its version of the FY14 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), H.R 1960, on the floor. Meanwhile, the Senate Armed Services Committee will be marking its version S.1304. The House Armed Services committee passed H.R.... Read more

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