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 Mary Catherine Ott | May 8, 2014 | Air National Guard, Army National Guard, Congress, Defense Authorization, Department of Defense, Domestic Response, equipment, funding, House of Representatives, modernization
A little after midnight, the House Armed Services committee (HASC) unanimously passed its version of the fiscal 2015 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). This marks the 53rd consecutive year this piece of legislation has passed the defense committee, authorizing $521.3 billion dollars in national defense and an additional $79.4 billion for overseas contingency operations. This year’s... Read Full Story
By Adam Maisel | May 5, 2014 | Education, Employment, Pay and Benefits, Veterans
As the military continues its inevitable drawdown after 13 years of persistent conflict, both Congress and the Obama administration have renewed their focus on increasing civilian employment opportunities for veterans. As unemployment figures continue to improve nationally, veterans’ unemployment still remains a major concern. The unemployment rate for veterans who have served since 2001... Read Full Story
By Maj. Gen. Walter L. Stewart (Ret.) | May 1, 2014 | Army National Guard, Congress, Department of Defense
I remember 28th Infantry Division commanders and staffs using the phrase “fight smart and win” to describe what the United States military would have to do to defeat the Soviets.  At a disadvantage in manpower and matched in weaponry, smart was essential.   In the end we were, because other than occasional encounters in the sky and along borders, U.S. and Soviet forces... Read Full Story
By Mary Catherine Ott | April 30, 2014 | Air National Guard, Congress, Cyber Security, Defense Authorization, equipment, modernization, personnel, Senate
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 may call its “final act,” the commission testified Tuesday before the Senate... Read Full Story
By Maj. Gen. Frank Schober (Ret.) | April 25, 2014 | Army National Guard, Defense Authorization, Department of Defense, equipment
Forty-seven of our nation's governors recently made an emphatic suggestion to Congress: The acrimonious debate between the Army and the National Guard should end and a dialogue should begin with the enactment of H.R. 3930. The proposed legislation sets up an objective, nonpartisan commission to answer a vital question: “What strengths and what force structure of active duty, National... Read Full Story