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 | March 28, 2014 | Air National Guard, Congress, Defense Appropriations, Department of Defense, equipment, modernization
Gen. Mark A. Welsh III, the chief of staff of the Air Force, addressed the future of the Air Force Thursday before a large audience at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C. Welsh spoke on a variety of issues and emphasized the idea for One Air Force. He pointed out that all Air Force “enablers,” including ISR, airlift, positioning/navigation/... Read Full Story
By Maj. Gen. Gus Hargett (Ret.) | March 27, 2014 | Air National Guard, Army National Guard, Congress, Defense Appropriations, Department of Defense, Domestic Response, equipment, funding, membership
The Defense Department’s fiscal 2015 budget calls for major cuts to Army National Guard personnel end-strength and a radical restructuring of its aviation assets that threaten to put the Guard back on the shelf as a strategic reserve. Should Congress go along with the plan, the reductions would lessen the Guard’s ability to serve as a reserve of the Army and respond to domestic... Read Full Story
By John Crawford | March 25, 2014 | Veterans
When the old Hasbro cartoon GI Joe used to wrap, they always ended with the slogan, “Knowing is half the battle.” After more than a decade of war, we recognize that to be true. Whether you’re talking about knowing the terrain, the enemy, or the mission, or simply knowing yourself, Guardsmen excel not because of the weapon systems they’ve been issued, but as a result of the... Read Full Story
By Adam Maisel | March 19, 2014 | Army National Guard
It is now apparent that the long-simmering conflict between the Army and the Army National Guard has become a full-fledged shooting war. This war is damaging not just to the Army and the Army National Guard, but to the Total Force concept that our Army has adopted as a result of Gen. Creighton Abrams’ forward thinking. At the heart of the matter is a need to have a reaffirmation of the... Read Full Story
By Maj. Gen. Gus Hargett (Ret.) | March 14, 2014 | Army National Guard, Congress, Defense Authorization, Department of Defense, equipment, personnel
It pains me to say it, but I fear we may be watching the demise of the Total Force in the U.S. Army.   The concept of the active and reserve components working together is alive in the Air Force, but it's in critical condition in the Army.   My prognosis is less about the recently unveiled Army budget than the process service leaders used to develop the plan and the scorched... Read Full Story