In The News

  • Breakthrough: Congress Agrees to Higher Defense Spending

    Washington Report (February 13, 2018) Congress passed and the president signed a budget framework Friday that would hike defense spending by $165 billion over the next two years. The bipartisan action also raises nondefense spending by $131 billion. Both figures greatly exceed the strict limits on government spending in the Budget Control Act of 2011, […]

  • Air Force to Cancel JSTARS?

    Washington Report (February 13, 2018) The future is uncertain for JSTARS, an airborne command and control mission that has long been a staple in the Air National Guard. Initial plans called for 17 new JSTARS planes, but the Air Force announced last week intentions to cancel the recap program in its fiscal year 2019 budget […]

  • Wing Commanders Talk F-16s on Capitol Hill

    Washington Report (February 13, 2018) Congressional staffers were told last week of the need for F-16 modernization from men who lead some of the 13 F-16 wings in the Air National Guard. The commanders described the pitfalls of not updating the aircraft during a Capitol Hill breakfast sponsored by the National Guard Educational Foundation. “Let’s […]

  • Pentagon Bans Harassing Behavior

    Washington Report (February 13, 2018) The Pentagon released last week a common framework to guide each of the services’ policies to prevent all types of harassment, ranging from offensive jokes to sexual harassment. Department of Defense Instruction 1020.03, “Harassment Prevention and Response in the Armed Forces,” is a 23-page memorandum that applies to all organizational […]

  • Budget, CR, Shutdown? Still a Mystery

    Washington Report (February 6, 2018) Congress has barely 48 hours to act if it wants to avoid another government shutdown. The fourth continuing resolution of fiscal 2018 ends at midnight Thursday. House Republicans agreed Monday on a continuing resolution that has little chance of finding Democrat support. Expected to be introduced Tuesday, it would fund […]

  • Write to Congress

    Click Here to Write to Congress The NGAUS legislative department, which is the lobbying branch of the association, presents the association’s legislative priorities directly to members of Congress and their staff. NGAUS staff works with stakeholders, including the National Guard Bureau(link is external) (NGB), state associations, the Adjutants General Association of the United States(link is external)(AGAUS), the Enlisted Association of the National […]