Organizing the National Guard to Provide Effective Domestic Operations
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA
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Over the last 30 years, the National Guard NG, out of necessity, has needed to look beyond each individual states boundaries in an attempt to respond better collectively as a NG rather than individual militias. As a result of this shifting need in domestic operations, the current structure of the NG is not conducive to providing efficient and effective support for these homeland security missions. The NG should establish regional command relationships that extend beyond current state boundaries to respond better to homeland security missions. Establishing regional command relationships will enhance the NG s homeland response better to both natural and man-made disasters. Instead of having the current model of 54 separate entities, the NG with regionalization, could utilize the current model of Federal Emergency Management Agency FEMAs 10 regions or a model similar to that used by Canada Command and the Canadian Forces CF. Creating a regional structure would allow a better disbursement of limited resources and provide a more efficient response to the incident site. States within the same region would essentially have a compact that would allow other states NG assets to deploy and operate in a time of need all controlled by a regional director or commander.
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