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FY15 NDAA Conference Update
The Senate and House Armed Services Committees are close to an agreement on the FY15 NDAA but are still debating a Senate provision which would raise Tricare pharmaceutical co-pays. Chairman McKeon of HASC is opposed to the legislation. The co-pay raise was a part of the President’s budget request but was not included in the House-version of the bill this spring. The clock is running out to pass the legislation, Members are back in session the first two weeks of December to finish all legislative business. The second week of December has been set aside to consider the appropriations bill.
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Next HASC Chairman: Representative Thornberry
Last week, the Republican Conference approved Representative Mac Thornberry to become HASC Chairman in the 114th Congress. His confirmation came as no surprise, Representative Thornberry served as HASC Co-Chair in the 113th Congress. Representative Thornberry and current Ranking Member, Representative Adam Smith have a good working relationship. Having served as the HASC Emerging Threats and Capabilities Subcommittee Chair, Representative Thornberry will most likely keep a close eye on Cybersecurity-related matters and NSA reform efforts as Chairman of HASC.
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Representative Tim Walz Update
Last week was a very up and down week for Representative Tim Walz (D-MN). Representative Walz, the highest-ranking enlisted member to ever serve in Congress, launched an unsuccessful bid to become the next Ranking Member of the House Veterans Affairs Committee. However, Representative Walz will lead House Minority Leader, Nancy Pelosi’s Veterans Roundtables and is rumored to be in talks to become a member of the House Armed Services Committee in the 114th Congress.
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Budget chiefs: Sequestration not only elephant in room
U.S. Army
The likelihood of more continuing resolutions is really bad for the Army, said Maj. Gen. Thomas Horlander, director of the Army Budget. CRs, as they're called, occur when lawmakers fail to pass a budget and spending levels are kept at previous budget levels. CRs result in a lot of uncertainty for planners, he said. As a result, readiness suffers. Horlander and other senior Army leaders spoke at the Veteran and Military Service Organization quarterly summit at the Pentagon, Nov. 20.
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Top US military officer predicts ISIS war will last up to 4 years
The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff estimates the U.S.-led fight against Islamic militants in Iraq and Syria will last up to four years. Army Gen. Martin Dempsey made the estimate Nov. 19 during an interview at Atlantic Media's Defense One conference in Washington, D.C. about the fight against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS.
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Arizona Guard soldier receives Purple Heart
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Family, friends, civic leaders and service members gathered at a ceremony to witness a Soldier receive the Purple Heart medal at the Howard Paul Allen Readiness Center at Papago Military Reservation in Phoenix, Nov. 16. Army Brig. Gen. William Hall, the land component commander for the Arizona Army National Guard, presented the award to Sgt. 1st Class Jasen Barcklay, a member of the 860th Military Police Company.
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Maine Army National Guard named best in US for facilities, environmental stewardship
Bangor Daily News
The Maine Army National Guard has received two national awards for achievements that aren’t always associated with the military: efficient maintenance and construction practices and environmental stewardship. For the 2013 fiscal year, the Maine Army National Guard received the Fred Aron Award for Excellence in Facilities Programs as well as the National Guard Bureau’s annual environmental award. Neither award has come to Maine in recent memory, if ever.
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Monster New York state snowfall brings out National Guard
U.S. Army
Members of the New York National Guard were out in force Nov. 19 in western New York, where snow had piled up to six feet in some areas. "We are deploying the National Guard to ramp up efforts to keep western New York residents safe and to assist storm recovery efforts in any way possible," Gov. Andrew Cuomo said. "Travel bans and advisories remain in effect, and I urge drivers to stay off the roads so that our state agencies and the National Guard can assist those that need help."
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Texas to 'wind down' National Guard deployment near border
Houston Chronicle
Texas officials said Nov. 19 they have agreed to "wind down" the deployment of Texas National Guard troops in the Rio Grande Valley, ending the most controversial part of the so-called border surge while boosting the work of Department of Public Safety officers with the power to make arrests. The hundreds of guardsmen sent to the border last summer will return by March or April of 2015, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst said in a news conference, confirming details of a deal he struck recently with Gov. Rick Perry and state House Speaker Joe Straus, R-San Antonio.
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National Guard to provide cybersecurity
Times Union
U.S. Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand and Chuck Schumer are promoting plans for an Army National Guard Cyber Protection Team that would be based in Latham, New York, and would target cybersecurity threats to the region's infrastructure and networks. The senators joined with their counterparts from New Jersey, Sens. Robert Menendez and Cory Booker, to support the team formed by the New York and New Jersey Army National Guards. In all, 10 teams would be formed nationwide.
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10 percent of US Army's 'worst case scenario' cuts would come from Alaska
The Pentagon has been ordered to tighten its budget and trim $1 trillion over the next decade. Army restructuring doesn’t just affect troops and their families. It can also directly affect the bottom line of employees and local businesses. The U.S. Army needs to cut 40,000 to 110,000 positions. To make the cuts, it targeted 30 Army posts, including Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson in Anchorage, Alaska, and Fort Wainwright in Fairbanks.
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