Addition of a Homeland Security Mission for the National Guard Requires an Increase in Force Structure [open pdf - 78KB]
Events on September 11, 2001, changed many aspects of the domestic security environment. Those changes will ultimately redefine the military role in domestic security, which will subsequently affect Army missions. The National Guard has played a major role in most every conflict our country has been engaged. The war on terrorism is no different. The National Guard must play a key role in homeland security, but not be excluded from other missions as part of the Total Force. The Defense Department needs to examine the structure of the National Guard and increase the end strength in a manner that will allow the National Guard to continue its role in Homeland Security, Major Theater Conflict, and Small Scale Contingencies.