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 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
By Adam Maisel | March 7, 2014 | Air National Guard, Army National Guard, Department of Defense, Pay and Benefits, White House
The President of the United States unveiled Tuesday his $495.6 billion Defense Department  budget request for fiscal year 2015. Overall, the president’s request includes more than $23.4 billion in base funding for National Guard personnel, operation and maintenance and military construction accounts. This represents a $1.8 billion decrease from the fiscal 2014 request. In addition to... Read Full Story
By Mary Catherine Ott | March 4, 2014 | Air National Guard, Army National Guard, Congress, Cyber Security, Defense Appropriations, Defense Authorization, Department of Defense, Domestic Response, equipment, funding, House of Representatives, Joint Forces, military construction, modernization, personnel, Senate, Veterans, White House
The White House officially delivered its fiscal 2015 budget today, asking for increased taxes on the wealthy and slashing the payments to health providers. The $3.9 trillion budget also plans to raise revenue to repair the nation's roads and bridges. For the Pentagon’s piece of the pie—$495.6 billion in discretionary budget authority to be exact—specific details are not... Read Full Story