The NGAUS Blog

Commentary on what’s happening in Washington, D.C., at NGAUS, and around the globe that pertains to our members and the National Guard.

By Grace Washbourne | December 19, 2014 | Air National Guard, Army National Guard, Congress, Cyber Security, Defense Appropriations, Defense Authorization, Department of Defense, Domestic Response
The National Guard Bureau (NGB), Air National Guard, hosted a Domestic Capabilities Priorities Conference August 4-8, 2014 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. This conference, formerly known as the Joint Domestic Operations Equipment Requirements (JDOERS) meeting is held as a means for field level experts to indentify critical capability shortfalls in the domestic response arena and develop both materiel... Read Full Story
By Rebecca Autrey | November 25, 2014 | Air National Guard, Army National Guard
Witnessing a family reunion at the 50-yard line or watching feel-good videos of deployed soldiers reuniting with their dogs is the biggest glimpse many Americans ever get into life in the U.S. military. One percent of people in this country fight 100 percent of its wars. A vast majority of Americans have no direct tie to the armed forces and don’t understand the trials and... Read Full Story
By Col. Mariano Campos, Jr. (Ret.) | October 15, 2014 | Army National Guard, Employment
“The statutory missions of Selective Service are to be prepared to provide trained and untrained personnel to the DoD in the event of a national emergency …” That is the first part of the Selective Service System’s mission statement, and it’s with that goal in mind that I write this blog. I’m retired Colonel Mario Campos (USAF), SSS’s Associate... Read Full Story
By Maj. Gen. Michael T. McGuire | September 29, 2014 | Army National Guard, Congress, Defense Authorization, Department of Defense, equipment, Senate
In the current national debate over the Army’s ill-conceived plan to commandeer all 192 National Guard AH-64 Apache attack helicopters, there is more at stake than aircraft. Overlooked by the proponents of this plan are the implications for our country’s system of checks and balances, and ultimately the liberty of our citizens. The Army’s layered rhetoric, designed to... Read Full Story
By Andrea Peterson | September 22, 2014 | Congress, Defense Appropriations, funding, House of Representatives, military construction, Senate, White House
Last week Congress dodged a repeat of last year’s government shutdown by passing a measure that will fund the government over the next few months. The legislation was signed into law Friday by President Barack Obama. The House of Representatives passed the continuing resolution, also known as a CR, Sept. 17. The Senate passed it the following day. The measure will fund the federal... Read Full Story