Examining the Impact of Equipment Shortages on the National Guard's Readiness for Homeland Security, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Management, Investigations, and Oversight of the Committee on Homeland Security, House of Representatives, One Hundred Tenth Congress, First Session, May 24, 2007 [open pdf - 738KB]
From the opening statement of Christopher P. Carney: "The subcommittee is meeting today to receive testimony on examining the impact of equipment shortages on the National Guard's readiness for homeland security missions. [...] In nearly every major large-scale events or natural disaster that has occurred stateside, Guard soldiers are a welcome sight for those in need. They are able to bring the incredible capabilities of our military to assist in the rescue of our citizens and the recovery of our communities. Unfortunately, National Guard readiness has been compromised by rotations abroad, most notably as part of the global war on terror. It is standard operating procedure for units to deploy with their equipment. [...] While equipment readiness was not 100 percent pre-9/11, it has plummeted in the years since. Today the Guard has roughly 50 percent readiness. Unfortunately, we have already seen these numbers translate when it comes to domestic deployments. Our Guard members are ready and willing to respond to domestic events, but in some cases, are simply unable to do so. [...] I look forward to hearing from the distinguished witnesses who agreed to join us today. And I hope that Congress can work to find some solutions to these readiness issues." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Christopher P. Carney, Mike Rogers, Bennie G. Thompson, Yvette D. Clarke, Ed Perlmutter, H. Steven Blum, C. Mark Bowen, Robert P. French, and Roger P. Lempke.
Serial No. 110-41
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