UnReserved - ROA's Blog

Jeffrey Phillips, Executive Director

For those not familiar with Washington dysfunction: here is a prime example: a commission grappling with a tough issue (veterans’ health care) discusses some controversial ideas that don’t go over well...

According to DoD, as part of their FY17 budget submission, “In general, the Department supports the blended retirement system established by the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2016.  However, DoD is proposing some...

 

A senior Air Force officer’s comments made in September illustrate the defense technocracy’s willingness to sacrifice proven and plentiful lower-tech weapon systems in pursuit of the alluring promise of technological advantage,...

Louisiana National Guardsman Staff Sgt. Thomas Florich was laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery after a lengthy fight with the Army. (Louisiana National Guard, AP)

 

The inevitable faces Arlington National Cemetery: it is...

NATIONAL GUARD AND RESERVE EQUIPMENT ACCOUNT

The Department of Defense (DoD) never requests funds for the National Guard and Reserve Equipment Account.  This is not an account that is part of the DoD budget but is added as an account each...

 

The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016 authorized restoration of procurement, operations and maintenance, and personnel to the A-10 program.  The budget will need to appropriate the same amounts or they can reduce or...

ROA submitted a statement to the Commission on Care which is a result of the Choice Act officially titled the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 (VACAA).  The commission charter is “…to examine the access of Veterans to...

The report exploring changes in the future of the military was just delivered to Secretary of Defense Ash Carter.  If implemented in part or whole, the result could be major changes in the law.  The first pieces of legislation are already...

GAO is completing a study on mental health treatment services for members of the Armed Forces and ROA sat down with them to give the Reserve Component perspective. GAO is an independent, nonpartisan agency that works for Congress and...

The Coast Guard traces its history to Aug. 4, 1790.  On that date, President George Washington signed a law that authorized construction of 10 revenue cutters, and under the leadership of Alexander Hamilton established our earliest fleet of...

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