House Armed Services Committee Chairman, Buck McKeon (R-CA), sent a letter yesterday to the House Rules Committee arguing that the provision in the Appropriations bill related to prohibiting the use of funds for sports sponsorship is subject to a point of order. In essence, he is arguing that the provision is authorizing in an appropriations bill, which he believes goes beyond what the...Read full story
Last week the Department of Defense in a letter to Congressional members announced that it will stop scheduled Air Force transfers until Congress finalizes the 2013 budget. This is long overdue considering both the House and Senate months ago included language in the National Defense Authorization Act...Read full story
"Hurry up and wait." - It's a familiar expression long associated with life in the armed forces: the endless lines, the delays...Read full story
Don't worry, loyal readers. We didn't die of heat stroke this week when temps shot up to "ZOMG, do we live on the sun!?" However, we're convinced that someone should engineer suits made of that Under Armour Heat Gear stuff since wool suits are crazy hot, and we've...Read full story
The Air Force announced yesterday that it has withdrawn two C-27J cargo planes from Afghanistan and plan to replace them with C-130s to pick up the slack, presumably though the...Read full story
As another busy but productive week draws to a close, we have to wish a happy (belated) 237th birthday to the Army! We blame the delicious creole food, courtesy of the Louisiana National Guard, wafting up the stairs at 3pm yesterday for the brain hiccup.
What we've been up to....
- On Monday, we...
Senate Appropriators on the Subcommittee on Defense (SAC-D) met yesterday morning to hold a hearing on the FY13 Defense spending bill. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey and Undersecretary of Defense...Read full story
Yesterday, we hosted 57 officers from 31 different states here at NGAUS for the Air National Guard Commanders Development Course. It was a great day filled with presentations, NGAUS and NGB briefings and panel discussions with Hill Guard fellows as well as Military Legislative Assistants (MLAs) from the House and Senate.
As you can imagine, a lot of the discussion...Read full story
A once partisan amendment known for it's continual failure and opposed by the National Guard Association of the United States has recently passed the House Defense Appropriations Committee. Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN) convinced Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA) to join her effort this year to restrict the way the Department of Defense focuses their recruiting and retention operations. The...Read full story
Coming back from a warm and sunny holiday weekend, the NGAUS legislative team was ready for action.
- On Tuesday, we came back fresh off a long and beautiful holiday weekend, celebrating all those service members who bravely served our country and paid the ultimate sacrifice. With the Senate in recess this week, we were watching the House floor.
- On Wednesday, we got a...