Expanding the Use of State Defense Forces in Homeland Defense Missions
ARMY WAR COLL STRATEGIC STUDIES INST CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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Current high operational tempo of the active force and the federalized reserves makes it difficult to find adequate numbers of forces to accomplish the many homeland defense missions. As planners attempt to apply the right forces to the proper mission, they need to consider State Defense Forces SDFs. Planners may be unaware of these forces existence however, they represent an important source of capable manpower to apply within the borders of the various states in the Global War on Terrorism. As the Army continues to send active and reserve forces to new locations like Iraq, Afghanistan and the Philippines, in addition to longstanding missions in Kosovo, Bosnia, Korea, and the Sinai, it is important to tap every available resource. We need to examine how SDFs can be used to relieve the pressure on other soldiers.
- Military Forces and Organizations
- Civil Defense