Accession Number:

ADA509116

Title:

The Seventh Annual U.S. Army War College Reserve Component Symposium: Assessing the Evolving Relationship of the National Guard to Other Components of Domestic Crisis Response (CSL Issue Paper, Volume 8-08, July 2008)

Descriptive Note:

Issue paper

Corporate Author:

ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA CENTER FOR STRATEGIC LEADERSHIP

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2008-07-01

Pagination or Media Count:

5.0

Abstract:

The United States Army War Colleges Center for Strategic Leadership hosted a symposium, Reexamining the Role of the Guard and Reserves in Support to Civilian Authorities at Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania, from 28 to 29 May 2008. The new National Strategy for Homeland Security, the Commission on the National Guard and Reserves, the National Defense Authorization Act of 2008, Homeland Security Presidential Directive 8, Annex 1, and a host of other initiatives have signaled what could result in significant changes in the roles played by the Reserve Component in domestic preparedness, response, and recovery operations. The National Guard Bureau NGB in particular may be postured to take on expanded responsibilities in these areas as its Chief assumes a new status as an advisor to the Secretary of Defense. Newly legislated initiatives charge the Guard with greater planning responsibilities in support of domestic crisis response that will translate to expanded interaction with the Department of Homeland Security DHS and the United States Northern Command USNORTHCOM. Persistent concerns over identifying and optimizing capabilities for response to either natural or manmade disasters are causing the reexamination of the potential value of the Services reserves against these ends, and questioning the institutional obstacles that stand in the way of their employment. The workshop examined the real and potential changes to the Reserve Components mission in civil support, emanating from these policy studies, executive and legislative direction, and the new realities imposed on the United States military through the demands of the long conflict against violent radical extremism. The symposium provided a venue to both identify issues and recommend solutions to operationalize these new and pressing strategic concepts.

Subject Categories:

  • Administration and Management
  • Government and Political Science
  • Military Forces and Organizations
  • Civil Defense

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE