Serial No. 108-188: Transforming the National Guard: Resourcing for Readiness: Hearing before the Committee on Government Reform, House of Representatives, One Hundred Eighth Congress, Second Session, April 29, 2004   [open pdf - 8MB]

From the opening statement of Christopher Shays: "The committee convenes today to discuss important issues raised by plans to transform and modernize the National Guard to meet the demands of a growing set of domestic and global missions. We captioned the hearing Resourcing for Readiness, because Members need to know Guard units will be equipped and trained to perform both the Homeland Security and global defense tasks assigned them. In the past, the total force, the operational union of Active Duty and Reserve component units, didn't always add up. National Guard units too often languished at the end of the supply chain with limited training on hand-me-down equipment. At the national level, significant strides have been made reshaping military capabilities to meet an uncertain world of lethal threats at home and asymmetrical warfare overseas. But much more needs to be done to clarify the operational and physical implications of new military missions within the sovereign borders of the States, where National Guard members can be called to duty by both the Governor and the President. Federal mobilization of National Guard units can draw heavily from local first responder ranks, degrading domestic readiness." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Paul McHale, Thomas F. Hall, H. Steven Blum, John A. Love, George E. Pataki, Janet A. St. Laurent, Wayne D. Marty, Timothy J. Lowenberg, Bruce F. Tuxill, Marsha Blackburn, Tom Davis, Katherine Harris, Carolyn B. Maloney, C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, and Christopher Shays.

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