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 for fiscal year 2018.
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.
The National Guard’s ability to provide critical response to Americans at a moment’s notice relies on planning and dedicated funding.
The 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.
The 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 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.
Our 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.
Funding for military construction and modernization is critical to providing safe and functional facilities for training and mobilization.
National Guard members and their families deserve proper medical coverage, education and employment opportunities as well as retirement and veterans’ protections.
Allowing the National Guard to regress back to a strategic reserve would squander over a decade of investment in training, equipping, and readiness.
Congress 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.