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Jul 27

Beyond the Border: The Future of the National Guard in Homeland Security

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Co-hosted by the Enlisted Association of the National Guard of the United States

The National Guard is a critical element of the nation's total force. As U.S. economic challenges bring more pressure to bear on the Department of Defense to cut budgets and potentially reduce troops, it is time to highlight the significant value of our National Guard. By law and tradition, the Guard connects local communities to the federal government. Units are located in every state, and they have the capabilities, legal authority, and structure to help protect the homeland. Prior to 9-11, the National Guard was a primary homeland security force, and it is worth considering whether the Guard should resume many of those missions. The Guard’s versatility to respond at the local, state and federal level is unique among all the military services. This forum will discuss how the National Guard is well-positioned to resume the lead military role in homeland defense – from disaster response to chemical, biological, and nuclear protection.

More About the Speakers

Keynote Remarks by
The Honorable Tim Walz (D-MN)
Member, United States House of Representatives

Followed by a Discussion with
Al Garver
Executive Director, Enlisted Association of the National Guard of the United States

Command Sergeant Major John D. Gipe
Senior Enlisted Advisor, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs

Patrick Tennis
Policy Analyst, Analytical Services Inc; and Former, Deputy Director of Operations, National Guard Bureau