Billions of dollars and many innocent lives have been lost to the "War on Drugs." The dollars have been committed to a strategy that places emphasis on supply reduction. Supply reduction is based upon two premises: 1) Total elimination of illegal drugs that enter the United States or 2) a significant elimination of the drugs that enter the United States resulting in illegal drugs pricing themselves out of circulation. The National Guard has participated in the "War on Drugs" since the end of the l980s. Its has participated by supporting law enforcement agencies with several approved missions. These missions are approved yearly by the Secretary of Defense.