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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 Joel Mutschler | November 15, 2013 | Air National Guard, Army National Guard, Congress, Defense Appropriations, Department of Defense, Domestic Response, funding, personnel
The National Guard is America’s first military organization and for 377 years the men and women of the National Guard have proven they can meet any challenge. Since the tragic events of 9/11, the National Guard has transformed from a strategic reserve into an operational force. As our military shifts towards a new defensive strategy, we must recognize the value and capability the National... Read Full Story
By Adam Maisel | November 1, 2013 | Army National Guard, Department of Defense
A recent TIME Magazine article by Mark Thompson, “Reshaping the Army,"  argues that the United States Army is at a crossroads, struggling to find its role in an uncertain budgetary future.  After over a decade of conflict in Afghanistan and Iraq, an Asian “pivot” that focuses primarily on increased naval and air power and a shift towards irregular and hybrid... Read Full Story
By Amelia Meyer | October 28, 2013 | NGEF
This year we celebrated a historic moment at the 135th NGAUS General Conference and Exhibition when Maj. Gen. Steve Danner, the association chairman, announced that the mortgage of the National Guard Memorial building had officially been paid off.  The announcement of this historic moment gave us the opportunity to explore and celebrate the history of the memorial. Read more. Amelia Meyer... Read Full Story
By Annie Lively | October 21, 2013 | Congress, Defense Appropriations, Department of Defense, Families, funding, House of Representatives, Pay and Benefits, Senate, Veterans, White House
After a 16-day government shutdown and just before the U.S. was set to reach its borrowing limit, Congress cleared, and the president signed H.R. 2775, the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2014, a measure to reopen the government and lift the debt ceiling. The law funds the government through January 15 at the Fiscal Year 2013 post-sequestration spending level and suspends the debt limit until... Read Full Story
By Mary Catherine Ott | October 16, 2013 | Cyber Security, Defense Appropriations, Defense Authorization, Department of Defense, funding, personnel
In a time when Congress can agree to very little, cyber security funding appears to be one thing everyone can agree on – especially in defense. The 2014 Defense budget put forward earlier this year allocated $4.7 billion for cyber-operations, up from $3.9 billion in 2013. This is interesting, considering cyber is one of the few accounts being plus-ed up in a time of fiscal austerity.... Read Full Story

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