Torchbearer Special Reports 

Torchbearer Special Reports are designed to focus attention and action on unique critical defense issues facing our nation. These messages are sent to the leadership of the United States Army and the Department of Defense, selected segments of the American public, members of Congress, key congressional staff, industry and the administration.

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Torchbearer Special Reports

AUSA + 1st Session, 113th Congress = Some Good News
(Torchbearer Special Report, February 2014)

While noting a number of the positive measures that Congress has taken, such as averting nearly half of the anticipated sequestration cuts for this fiscal year (FY) and protecting critical elements of the military compensation package, this Torchbearer Special Report also outlines several areas in the FY 2014 Defense Authorization Act in which Congress failed to address significant challenges. Among other concerns, the report mentions that servicemembers received a pay raise of only 1 percent—less than the rate of inflation—and working-age retirees saw their annual cost-of-living-adjustment reduced by a percentage point, costing them more than $5 billion over the next 10 years (beginning 2015). It also brings attention to the shortfall of more than $30 billion facing the Department of Defense in FY 2014 and the $79 billion in readiness and modernization shortfalls facing the Army over the next five years. Congress must support the Army’s effort to balance endstrength, modernization and readiness—especially in the next five years as the sharp, sudden impact of sequestration cuts creates short-term vulnerabilities.


★ ★ ★      2013      ★ ★ ★


AUSA + 2nd Session, 112th Congress = Some Very Good News
(Torchbearer Special Report, January 2013)

While noting a number of the positive measures that Congress took in this regard, such as providing sufficient personnel for the Army to respond to the demands of the nation’s security and authorizing a military pay raise that keeps pace with inflation, this Torchbearer Special Report also outlines a few areas in which Congress failed to include some important proposals in the Fiscal Year 2013 Defense Authorization Act. Among other concerns, the Flyer stresses that more consideration must to be afforded to the needs of veterans, sufficient funding must be provided for adequate modernization initiatives of equipment and more progress is needed to provide military families with affordable and quality housing. Congress must support the Army’s effort to balance endstrength, modernization and readiness.


★ ★ ★      2012      ★ ★ ★


AUSA + 1st Session, 112th Congress = Some Good News
(Torchbearer Special Report, January 2012)

This Torchbearer Special Report briefly describes the major objectives AUSA supported in the first session of Congress and what actions were taken for each. In passing the 2011 Budget Control Act, Congress acknowledged the national budget shortfalls while also attempting to maintain the military’s readiness in uncertain times and an ongoing war in Afghanistan. This publication examines the112th Congress’s successes and failures in authorizing some important proposals supported by AUSA.


★ ★ ★      2011      ★ ★ ★


AUSA & 2nd Session, 111th Congress = Some Progress
(Torchbearer Special Report, January 2011)

This Torchbearer Special Report takes a look at the issues AUSA and others spoke out for and how the 2nd Session of the 111th Congress responded. A pared-down authorization bill was passed, addressing the necessities in an era of national budget shortfalls but failing to authorize some important proposals supported by AUSA.


★ ★ ★      2009      ★ ★ ★


AUSA & 1st Session, 111th Congress = More Work Ahead
(Torchbearer Special Report, December 2009)

This Torchbearer Special Report briefly describes the major objectives AUSA wanted to achieve in the first session of Congress and what actions were taken for each. In this session, the 111th Congress recognized the demands on Soldiers and their families and worked to restore the readiness of ground forces, which have been strained by extended deployments worldwide, especially in Iraq and Afghanistan. Yet challenges remain to meet demands for ground forces and to sustain Soldiers, families and Army civilians as well as to retain hard-earned veteran and retiree benefits. The best efforts of all AUSA members will be required to guarantee funding of initiatives to ensure Soldiers' and their families' quality of life is equal to the services they provide.


★ ★ ★      2008      ★ ★ ★


AUSA & 2nd Session, 110th Congress = Very Good News, But . . .
(Torchbearer Special Report, November 2008)

This Torchbearer Special Report briefly describes the major objectives AUSA wanted to achieve in the second session of Congress and what actions were taken for each. In this session, the 110th Congress recognized the demands on Soldiers and their families and worked to restore the readiness of ground forces, which have been strained by extended deployments worldwide, especially in Iraq and Afghanistan. Yet challenges remain to meet demands for ground forces and to sustain Soldiers, families and Army civilians as well as to retain hard-earned veteran and retiree benefits. The best efforts of all AUSA members will be required to guarantee funding of initiatives to ensure Soldiers' and their families' quality of life is equal to the services they provide.


AUSA & 1st Session, 110th Congress = Some Good News, But...
(Torchbearer Special Report, January 2008)

This Torchbearer Special Report outlines the response of the 1st Session, 110th Congress to issues and initiatives for which AUSA has spoken out on behalf of the Army and the defense community. The list of topics includes items of interest for almost everyone in and around the Army: active Army and reserve component endstrength, the pay gap, the death gratuity and life insurance benefits, funding Impact Aid, TRICARE fees and deductibles, concurrent receipt of retirement and disability pay, reducing the age at which reserve component personnel receive their pay and benefits, funding accelerated modernization of reserve component equipment, funding for Army procurement and maintaining readiness while developing the Future Force for the transforming Army.


★ ★ ★      2006      ★ ★ ★


AUSA & 2nd Session, 109th Congress = Some Good News, But . . .
(Torchbearer Special Report, November 2006)

This Torchbearer Special Report outlines the progress of the 2nd Session, 109th Congress toward allocating much-needed resources to the Army. The list of topics includes items of interest for almost everyone in and around the Army: active Army and reserve component endstrength, the pay gap, life insurance, health care, Impact Aid, concurrent receipt of retirement and disability pay, procurement funding, full-time manning for the reserve components and development of the Army's Future Force.


AUSA & 1st Session, 109th Congress = Some Good News
(Torchbearer Special Report, January 2006)

This Torchbearer Special Report outlines the response of the 1st Session, 109th Congress to issues and initiatives for which AUSA has spoken out on behalf of the Army and the defense community. The list of topics includes items of interest for almost everyone in and around the Army: active Army endstrength, the pay gap, the death gratuity and life insurance benefits, increases in special pays, housing issues, increased access to health care for reserve component personnel and families, funding Impact Aid, concurrent receipt of retirement and disability pay, full-time manning for the reserve components, and maintaining readiness while developing the Future Force for the transforming Army.


★ ★ ★      2004      ★ ★ ★


AUSA & 2nd Session, 108th Congress = Especially Good News
(Torchbearer Special Report, November 2004)

This Torchbearer Special Report outlines the response of the 2nd Session, 108th Congress to issues and initiatives for which AUSA has spoken out on behalf of the Army and the defense community. The list of topics includes items of interest for almost everyone in and around the Army: active Army endstrength, the pay gap, housing issues, increases in special pays, elimination of the reduction in Survivor Benefit Plan annuities, increased access to health care for reserve component personnel and families, funding Impact Aid, concurrent receipt of retirement and disability pay, full-time manning for the reserve components, and developing the Future Force for the transforming Army.


AUSA - What It Means for You
(Torchbearer Special Report, June 2004)

Today, while you are out there putting your life on the line in defense of this great nation and fighting to protect those who value freedom, the Association of the United States Army is fighting hard for the resources you need to effectively do your job. This CD-ROM, produced by the Institute of Land Warfare, shares information on the work AUSA is doing for you to improve your quality of life/well-being and ensure that you have the equipment you need.


★ ★ ★      2003      ★ ★ ★


AUSA & 1st Session, 108th Congress = Some Very Good News
(Torchbearer Special Report, December 2003)

This Torchbearer Sepcial Report outlines the response of the 1st Session, 108th Congress to issues and initiatives for which AUSA has spoken out on behalf of the Army and the defense community. The list of topics includes items of interest for almost everyone in and around the Army: active Army endstrength, the pay gap, housing issues, taxes, health care, Impact Aid, concurrent receipt of retirement and disability pay, Operation and Maintenance funding, full-time manning for the reserve components, accelerating fielding of the Stryker Brigade Combat Teams, development of the Army's Future Force, accelerated Patriot missile funding, and additional C-17 airlift.


★ ★ ★      2002      ★ ★ ★


AUSA & 2nd Session, 107th Congress = Good News, But...
(Torchbearer Special Report, December 2002)

This Torchbearer Special Report is a summary of the second session of the 107th Congress' work to fund military well-being and transformation and readines programs.


AUSA & 107th Congress = More Good News
(Torchbearer Special Report, January 2002)

This Torchbearer Special Report is a summary of how the first session of the 107th Congress brought many AUSA goals for servicemembers and the U.S. Army closer to fruition.


★ ★ ★      2001      ★ ★ ★


Crusader: Indispensable Solution
(Torchbearer Special Report, April 2001)

This Torchbearer Special Report looks at what this stand-off attack system can bring to both the Legacy Force and the Objective Force.


AUSA & 106th Congress = Good News
(Torchbearer Special Report, January 2001)

This Torchbearer Special Report is a summary of how the second session of the 106th Congress brought many AUSA goals for servicemembers and the U.S. Army closer to fruition.


Army Strategic Responsiveness . . . Concept to Reality
(Torchbearer Special Report, January 2001)

This Torchbearer Special Report takes a look at improvements the Army is making to resolve deployment problems highlighted during Operation Desert Shield and to enhance Army strategic responsiveness for decades to come.


★ ★ ★      2000      ★ ★ ★


National Security Report: The Research, Development and Acquisition "Death Spiral": Future Readiness at Risk
(Torchbearer Special Report, October 2000)

Army Report: Research and Development: Enabling Transformation
(Torchbearer Special Report, October 2000)

The Way Ahead
(Torchbearer Special Report, August 2000)