National Guard

NGAUS Legislative Priorities and Issues

NGAUS represents its members and the entire National Guard on the issues that directly impact them, their units, their families and their employers. Since its inception, NGAUS has held an annual conference during which members gather and vote on the top legislative priorities for NGAUS. We prioritize and transform our members’ concerns into legislative action. See our legislative resolutions.

As issues and legislation comes up for consideration on Capitol Hill, we send out Legislative Alerts and direct you to the actions you can take to make your voice heard. Timely engagement is most important to these matters. NGAUS hopes you will back us up when the time comes for us to raise our voices.

Enhance Domestic OperationsThe National Guard's ability to provide critical response to Americans at a moment’s notice relies on planning and dedicated funding.
Expand State Partnership ProgramThe State Partnership Program (SPP) has been building relationships for over 20 years with 68 unique security partnerships in 74 nations around the globe. The unique dual nature of the National Guard places SPP at the crossroads of diplomacy and defense, and embodies the widely accepted “smart power” approach to United States foreign policy.
Fund Guard Cyber ForceThe National Guard is perfectly suited to expand our nation's cyber security capabilities by leveraging the unique information technology talents within its ranks.
Funding for Equipment and ModernizationFunding for equipment and modernization is critical to ensuring the National Guard is properly equipped to respond both overseas and domestically. NGAUS plays an essential role in advocating to Congress and our industry partners to upgrade, modernize and when possible, recapitalize Army and Air Guard platforms.
Leverage the Cost-Effective GuardOur nation can reduce defense spending and maintain the necessary force structure and experience to meet future challenges by growing the National Guard as a percentage of the Total Force.
Military ConstructionFunding for military construction and modernization is critical to providing safe and functional facilities for training and mobilization.
Personnel & BenefitsNational Guard members and their families deserve proper medical coverage, education and employment opportunities as well as retirement and veterans’ protections.
Preserve an Operational ForceAllowing the National Guard to regress back to a strategic reserve would squander over a decade of investment in training, equipping, and readiness.
Representation in Defense ReviewsCongress must recognize the service and commitment of every member of the National Guard by ensuring the National Guard has an equal voice in Department of Defense, Army and Air Force policy, planning and budgetary deliberations.
Important Guard-Related StudiesIn a world overflowing with information of uncertain quality, it can be hard to distinguish fact from fiction. NGAUS relies on the research of independent, unbiased think-tanks, academic institutions and advisory boards to provide scholarly analysis and strategic research on policy issues affecting the National Guard. The following studies are important to improving policy and decision making related to the National Guard in the Department of Defense and Congress.

Report: Citizen-Soldiers in a Time of Transition: The Future of the U.S. Army National Guard

Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Program, Stephanie Sanok Kostro, 2014

A report which examines on a variety of strategic issues and heated debates over the National Guard’s appropriate role and missions, as well as the integration of the Army National Guard forces in the Active Component forces. The report highlights different perspectives on the long-standing and evolving relationship between the Active and Reserve Components and explores the ARNG’s role in distinct mission areas from the homeland, to building partnerships to cybersecurity.

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