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The National Guard on the Southwest Border: Defining The Role
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA CENTER FOR STRATEGIC LEADERSHIP
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The National Guards role in the War on Terrorism continues to decrease with the troop drawdown in Iraq and Afghanistan, while multiple threats on the Southwest border continue to increase. Americans are expressing growing concerns over organized crime and international terrorism and the U.S. governments apparent inability to secure the Southwest border in the face of those threats. It is time for the United States to examine the National Guards role and mission in relation to defending the homeland. In a time of significant budget cuts and downsizing of all government organizations, the use of the National Guard to permanently augment the Department of Homeland Security is a viable option. The National Guard can contribute additional capabilities and capacities in equipment and manpower to augment the Border Patrol and help fill gaps in border security. The gains made by the National Guard since 911 have been exponential, and a reversal to the pre-911 era of strategic reserve status will make the National Guard less relevant. It is time to define the role and mission of the National Guard on the Southwest border.
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