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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
NGAUS Washington Report (Feb. 25, 2104) Governors who met with President Barack Obama Monday say he defended cuts to the National Guard found in the fiscal 2015 defense budget proposal released the same day. “He said, ‘If I hear any of you pushing back, making statements about Washington spends... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Feb. 18, 2014)  Congress easily passed and President Barack Obama quickly signed legislation that eliminates the cost-of-living cap placed on military retirement pay for working-age retirees. NGAUS supported the legislation. The Senate passed the bill 95-3 last week, one... Read more
The National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force released its findings to Congress and the president last week. To make a long story short, the Air National Guard has a good deal to be happy about. After a year of interviews, site visits, data collection, analysis and hearings, the... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Jan. 22, 2014) Congress provided the National Guard with significant money for equipment in the $1.1 trillion funding bill passed this month for fiscal 2014. The omnibus bill, which includes all 12 appropriations bills, was signed into law Friday by President Barack Obama... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Jan. 14, 2014) The National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force has finished hearing testimony and will have its report ready for the president and Congress on Feb. 1. At its final hearing last week, Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James spoke well of the... Read more
Created in the fiscal 2013 National Defense Authorization Act, the National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force has been tasked to submit a report, containing a “comprehensive study and recommendations to the President and Congressional Defense committees … to help determine whether, and... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Dec. 23, 2013) The 23rd Secretary of the Air Force was formally sworn in Friday at the Pentagon. Deborah James assumed the position of the Air Force’s civilian leader, making her the second female in Air Force history to serve in the role. As James takes on her new duties... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Dec. 3, 2013) Undocumented family members of people in the military now have a smoother road to the green card that gives them status as a permanent resident. The policy from the administration of President Barack Obama went into effect last month, according to a story in... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Dec. 3, 2013) More than 100 chief executive officers of defense and aerospace industries have urged Congress to end sequestration, which, they say, is harming the economy and national security, according to a CNN report online. “We urge you to do whatever it takes to end... Read more

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