Washington Report (September 27, 2016) With the possibility of a government shutdown at the end of the week, the NGAUS legislative staff expects Congress to pass some sort of bill to keep the government running, but there are still discrepancies that need to be worked out in the Senate. The Senate... Read more
Washington Report (September 27, 2016) Defense Secretary Ash Carter practically begged lawmakers last week to pass a budget, describing it as in the interest of national security. Congress has failed to pass a budget on time for several years, relying on continuing resolutions to keep the... Read more
Washington Report (September 20, 2016) A report from the Congressional Research Service has uncovered what military planners already know: A continuing resolution causes frustration and puts readiness at risk, according to a report in Politico, a publication that covers Capitol Hill. The study... Read more
Washington Report (September 12, 2016) Attendees at the 138th General Conference &Exhibition in Baltimore heard from a distinguished parade of speakers even before a presidential candidate arrived. Here are some of the speakers and brief descriptions of their messages: Air Force Secretary... Read more
Washington Report (August 30, 2016) The Air Force announced plans to retire the A-10 Thunderbolt fighter while woefully unaware of the implications of such a move and how it would fill mission gaps created by the decision. A report from the Government Accountability Office last week also said the... Read more
Washington Report (August 23, 2016) Members of the House National Guard and Reserve Caucus are pushing defense leaders in the House and Senate to support provisions of the defense bill affecting National Guardsmen in a variety of areas, from health care to mobilization to travel reimbursement and... Read more
Washington Report (August 23, 2016) The Senate has not approved funding the Pentagon says it needs to make the main entrance for its 26,000 employees less vulnerable to a terrorist attack. The House has approved the $12 million request in its version of the fiscal 2017 National Defense... Read more
Washington Report (August 16, 2016) The Air Force secretary wants the Senate and House to offer pilots a bonus of $48,000 for each year they choose to remain in the service. Bonus pay has been capped at $25,000 since 1999, according to a report in Air Force Times. The newspaper spoke with Secretary... Read more
Washington Report (August 16, 2016) Two senators want the National Guard Bureau to allocate funding for its counterdrug program based on the severity of the drug problem, a change from how money is shared now. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., and Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., wrote last week to... Read more
Washington Report (July 19, 2016) Lawmakers left town until September last week with the fiscal 2017 National Defense Authorization Act and the budget still far from complete. While both chambers have approved versions of the bills, they must be reconciled before being sent to the president for his... Read more