Accession Number:

ADA509525

Title:

The National Guard -- DOD's Logical Homeland Security "First Responder" for the 21st Century

Descriptive Note:

Research paper

Corporate Author:

MARINE CORPS COMMAND AND STAFF COLL QUANTICO VA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2005-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

36.0

Abstract:

The Pentagon should formally refocus the National Guards primary mission to homeland security issues, specifically consequence management. Furthermore, this organization should function as DoDs lead agency for this critical task and provide permanently assigned forces to NORTHCOM for contingency execution. The current National Guard has two roles one as the constitutional militia in 54 states, territories, and the District of Columbia and the other as Reserve Components of the Army and the Air Force. The threats of the 21st century present unique challenges to Americas security establishment and necessitates an update to the roles and missions assigned to our National Guard forces. Current DoD initiatives to maintain Cold War RoundoutAffiliation Programs and redesign the traditional divisional organization into deployable brigade sets ignores the Guards potential, usefulness, and traditional mandate to protect the homeland. A consequence management response posture is necessary, with regionalization of the National Guards command structure and assets to provide capability sets for immediate relief of affected communities and to establish conditions for federal follow-on emergency management services. Because the newly created NORTHCOM retains DoD responsibility for security of the North American continent, it simply makes sense to apportion andor assign Guard forces to this combatant commander for this purpose. The changes recommended will combine the Guards traditional foundation of service to the community with immediate relevancy -- capable and accessible when called...committed to preserving the timeless traditions and values of service to the nation...

Subject Categories:

  • Administration and Management
  • Military Forces and Organizations
  • Civil Defense
  • Command, Control and Communications Systems

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE