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Briefing March 8, 2014. NGAUS was formed by militia officers in 1878 to obtain better equipment and training by petitioning Congress for more resources.

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1 Briefing March 8, 2014

2 NGAUS was formed by militia officers in 1878 to obtain better equipment and training by petitioning Congress for more resources. It is the nation’s oldest military association lobbying solely for the benefit of the National Guard and educating the public about the Guard’s role and history in the armed forces.

3 “Never underestimate the influence of the National Guard.” --Senator John McCain, R-Ariz., May 24, 2012 NGAUS achieves its mission through its lobbying and legislative activities. With over 45,000 members, NGAUS, its grassroots power, and access to key decisions makers has a powerful voice in Washington. NGAUS Head Knocks Senior Pentagon Leaders On Army Budget Battle…Breaking Defense February 12, 2014 NATIONAL GUARD ASSOCIATION PUSHES BACK ON DEFENSE DEPARTMENT CUTS…ASSOCIATION NOW FEBRUARY 25, 2014 Army chief's comments 'disrespectful' of Guard, NGAUS president says…Army Times January 25, 2014

4  State Association Meetings  NGAUS Conference  Task Force Meetings  Prioritization  Top 5 Lists  Legislative Objectives Booklet  Fact Sheet Distribution  Legislative Language

5 The NGAUS Legislative Team is working hard to “Drive the Conversation” on Capitol Hill. Ensure NGAUS continues as the leading voice for Guard issues on Capitol Hill Our lobbying efforts focus on the following: Tell the National Guard story Transform our members' ideas into legislative action Provide states and our members unified representation before Members of Congress Ensure that the National Guard has modern equipment, training, missions and personnel benefits for the over 460,000 men and women currently serving in the Army and Air National Guard, as well as their families, employers and all Guard retirees Achieve Results

6 Peter Duffy Legislative Director Dixie Ross Legislative Staff Assistant Joint Programs Grace Washbourne Legislative Affairs Manager – Joint and Domestic Operations Programs Mary Catherine Ott Legislative Affairs Manager - Air Programs and Cyber Security Annie Lively Senior Legislative Affairs Manager - Army Programs Photo Coming Soon Adam Maisel Legislative Assistant Army Programs

7 Increase the National Guard as a percentage of the Total Force Rebalance the AC/RC force mix by increasing the National Guard as a percentage of the total force Shift AC missions and manpower into the National Guard to save money, maintain capabilities, improve efficiencies and capture the national investment as the AC draws down Preserve the capabilities of the National Guard as an Operational Force Statutory and policy changes that solidify and protect the National Guard as an operational vs. strategic reserve Strong consideration for maintaining National Guard personnel, equipment and resources as a vital and cost effective part of Army and Air Force plans for the future Continued Congressional funding for MILCON & NGREA Cyber Security Promote and develop cyber security capacity and capabilities Protect and enhance the National Guard’s Domestic Response capabilities by pursuing statutory changes that promote accountability and readiness Creation of a dedicated, reliable Defense Department joint fund within the President’s Budget for National Guard support of civilian authorities Included funding for equipment and training needed for dom ops and emergency response to disasters Assure representation and full involvement of the National Guard in any defense review affecting National Guard roles and missions or force structure Include the NGB, the State Adjutants General and the Council of Governors in all DoD strategic reviews including the Quadrennial Defense and the Strategic Choices and Management Review and all future force structure, AC/RC mix, and BRAC reviews

8 2013 Year in Review Sequestration Took effect this year, but Pentagon used unobligated funds to pay down most cuts Murray-Ryan budget deal reversed $31.5 billion in sequestration cuts over the next two years Late Presidential Budget and Defense Bills PB- two months late NDAA- Last minute maneuvers allowed for passage before year’ s end, but without a formal amendment process in the Senate Continuing resolutions and “crisis governance” perceived as the “new normal” for Congress

9 Army National Guard $100M for HMMWV upgrades $75M for UH-72 aircraft $72M for UH-60M Aircraft Air National Guard: $40M for MQ-1/9 transitioning units $47.3M for C-130 AMP $2M Sniper Digital Video $3.5M Remotely Piloted Aircraft Ground Base Sense and Avoid Other: $315M for ARNG and $315M for ANG in NGREA $130M for State Counter Drug Programs $10M for Youth Challenge $25M for STARBASE ANG MILCON funded at requested level of $119.8M ARNG MILCON funded at$314.7M, $6M lower than request Prohibits furloughs or reductions of title 32 dual status technicians without going through Congress (must be tied to military force structure change) NGREA Light Utility Helicopters, F-16 Radios and Radars, F-15 AESA upgrades, Base Security Systems, Blue Force Tracker, CBRNE Reconnaissance Gear, CB Protective Shelters, 4 th Generation Targeting Pods, Internal and External Fuel Tanks for Aircraft, Joint Threat Emitters, RTIC Cockpit Data Links, LAIRCM, Medical Equipment for HMMWVs, Modular Small Arms Training Systems, REDHORSE Vehicles, Remotely Piloted Aircraft Operations Center Equipment, Tactical Trucks, Simulation Training Systems, UH-60 comms packages, Ultra-light Tactical Vehicles, Wireless Mobile Mesh Networks

10  No major changes to ARNG, ANG end strength under new sequestration limits  Increased procurement for UH-72 Lakota  Requires DoD report on Guard’s role in Cyber Command and cyber ops  Limitations on cancellation of National Guard deployments(Congressional approval)  Improved mental healthcare, suicide prevention for National Guard  Additional means of ANG alert reporting for 30 days or less of federal duty  Codifies the National Guard State Partnership Program  Report Language encouraging AF to fully fund RSOC and other equipment required to stand up fully modernized ARNG MQ-1 and MQ-9 remote split operations and targeting units

11 2014 Congressional Schedule 6 MARCHHASC DoD Posture Hearing 11 MARCHBudget Briefs to Committee staff begin and run through early April 13 MARCHHAC-D DoD Posture Hearing 25 MARCHHASC Army Posture Hearing 26 MARCHHAC-D Air Force Posture Hearing 27 MARCHHAC-D Army Posture Hearing 2 APRILSAC-D Air Force Posture Hearing 3 APRIL HAC-D National Guard and Reserve Posture Hearing 3 APRIL SASC Army Posture Hearing 10 APRILSASC Air Force Posture Hearing

12 4 MARCHPresidents Budget Request Officially submitted to Congress

13 ARMY NATIONAL GUARD End Strength: 350,200* DECREASE of 4000 from FY14 Personnel: $7,682,892,000 1.2% DECREASE from FY14 Omnibus O&M: $6,030,773,000 12% DECREASE from FY14 Omnibus OCO Personnel: $393,364,000Placeholder OCO O&M $199,371,000Placeholder MilCon: $126,920,000 59% DECREASE from FY14 Omnibus AIR NATIONAL GUARD End Strength: 105,000 DECREASE of 400 from FY14 Personnel: $3,156,457,000 1.3% INCREASE from FY14 Omnibus O&M:$ 6,392,859,000 Negligible INCREASE from FY14 Omnibus OCO Personnel$6,919,000Placeholder OCO O&M$22,200,000Placeholder MilCon: $94,663,000 20% DECREASE from FY14 Omnibus *End Strength numbers reflect request for FY15. Potential end strength reductions to 315,000 reflect the FYDP projection for FY18 assuming budget caps under sequestration resume (FYDP over next 5 years). ARNG

14 End Strength Reduce Army National Guard end strength down to 335,000, and if sequestration returns in 2016, reduce further down to 315,000, a level unseen since the 1950s and 35,000 fewer soldiers than pre-9/11 levels Aviation Transfer all 192 Apaches from the Army National Guard to Active Army Combat Aviation Brigades, affecting 9 states including AZ, ID, MO, MS, NC, PA, SC, TX and UT Divest the Army National Guard of all 30 OH-58D helicopters, affecting TN Give the ARNG 111 older UH-60 Blackhawks in return Force Structure Downsize ARNG Brigade Combat Teams from 28 to 22 Take Combat Aviation Brigades down from 10 to 6 Remove all Attack Aviation Battalions, from 8 to 0

15 Support the House bill H.R. 3930 - “National Commission on the Structure of the Army Act of 2014” Prohibits the Army from using FY15 funds to divest, retire, or transfer, or prepare to divest, retire, or transfer, any aircraft of the Army assigned to units of the Army National Guard as of January 15, 2014 Prohibits the Army from using FY15 funds to reduce personnel below the authorized end strength levels of 350,000 for the Army National Guard as of September 30, 2014 Establishes the National Commission on the Structure of the Army Congressman Cramer is a co-sponsor THANK YOU NORTH DAKOTA!

16 “That the Reserve Component has the capacity and capability to be increased as a percentage of the total force, and should be.”

17 42 Recommendations – Continued engagement and education on Report findings Work with Congress to legislate where possible -Codification Consultative Budget Process with the Council of Governors -Domestic Operations/DSCA Requirements -Resourcing the RC: Funding Line for “operational support by the AF Reserves -Increase AC capacity -Concurrent fielding of equipment -Cost approach/fully life cycle costs -More utilization of RC in cyberspace operations Work with Congress to ensure policy changes are happening within the Air Force -Continuum of Service: removing barriers and providing better flexibility in transitioning between components -PERSTEMP Metric: single metric for measuring personnel tempo and stress on the force -Allow more opportunities for RC in key leadership positions

18 Mary Catherine Ott Legislative Affairs Manager – Air/Cyber Programs Protect /Modernize/Recapitalize Legacy Aircraft C-130 modernization and recapitalization F-15/F-16 upgrades (AESA radar) RPA recapitalization Fielding of future weapons systems Preservation of traditional Air Guard missions Inclusion of National Guard in the Cyber force structure decisions and planning Parity in training and equipping Implementation of National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force and the Total Force Task Force(TF2) Impact on future force structure and FY15 budget debate

19 CNGB Annual Reporting of Domestic Response Personnel and Equipment Requirements for non-federalized National Guard Codify Council of Governors role in DoD planning, programming, budgeting and execution cycles Creation of dedicated funding lines for National Guard Counterdrug Program and Training Centers into President’s Budget /DoD Central Transfer Account CNGB appointment of ARNG and ANG Directors Secure preference points for federal and state employment for National Guard service Ensure congressional and executive military compensation recommendations do not unfairly affect National Guard pay and benefits Secure veterans status for National Guard retirees Grace Washbourne Legislative Affairs Manager – Joint and Domestic Programs


21 119 th Wing MQ-1 Squadron with RPA at Fargo Launch & Recover Element at Grand Forks AFB Will establish a Targeting Squadron to complement RPA mission 141 st Maneuver Enhancement Brigade (Fargo) 164 th Engineer Battalion (Minot) 231 st Brigade Support Battalion (Valley City) 68 th Troop Command (Bismarck) 136 th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion (Devils Lake) 1-112 Aviation (S&S) Regiment (Bismarck) UH-72 Lakota….good to go, Army buying 100 more in FY15 UH-60 Blackhawk….. Comms upgrades in NGREA FY14. But if Army Aviation Plan goes into affect on Apaches, Blackhawks will be reshuffled. Air Force is committed to RPAs and replacing all MQ-1 with MQ-9s…money committed in FY14 and 15 budgets RPA Operations Centers Equipment in FY NGREA 81 st Civil Support Team CBRNE Reconnaissance Gear, CB Protective Shelters in FY14 NGREA

22 Senator John Hoeven Appropriations Committee MILCON, Veterans Senator Heidi Heitkamp Homeland Security Committee Representative Kevin Cramer They Want to Hear the Guard Story Directly From You

23  Maintaining end strength & force structure  Remaining trained and operational with regular, predictable deployments  Full-time manning  Modernizing equipment and addressing shortfalls  Funding for modern and functional facilities  Addressing high National Guard unemployment  Suicide and mental health issues  QRMC & Benefit Changes  Recommendations to cut drill pay in half  Cuts to retired pay/points SHARE THE GUARD STORY

24 RFPB Study Key Findings: Over the past decade, the cost per person in the Active Duty force increased by 46 percent The all-volunteer force, in its current form, is unsustainable Reserves have significantly less overhead and infrastructure costs A Reserve Component member costs approximately 1/3 the cost of an Active Duty member over their life cycle

25 We Can’t Do It Without You The strength of NGAUS has always been its united membership NGAUS Voice + Engaging Your Members of Congress = SUCCESS (They want to hear from you!) Our Commitment to You To protect what you’ve EARNED and what our country has promised you Maintain a strong, sustainable National Guard We will not be outworked


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