Reexamining the Role of the Guard and Reserves in Support to Civil Authorities: Maximizing Access to Service Reserve Elements [open pdf - 329KB]
"Since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the Center for Strategic Leadership at the United States Army War College has conducted an annual Reserve Component Symposium dedicated to examining issues regarding the role of the Armed Services' Reserve Components in homeland defense and civil support. That trend continued in this year's forum, held 28 & 29 May 2008 at the War College's Center for Strategic Leadership. Much of the symposium's discussion centered on two recent research reports: the congressionally mandated Commission on the National Guard and Reserves and the Phase III Report of the Center for Strategic and International Studies' Beyond Goldwater-Nichols series, The Future of the National Guard and Reserves. Discussion was also guided by the new authorities and accompanying responsibilities contained in the National Defense Authorization Act of 2008 (NDAA 08), Homeland Security Presidential Directive 8 (National Preparedness), and the new National Strategy for Homeland Security. Building on the foundation of these documents, symposium participants sought more effective means to provide Reserve Component support to civil authorities in times of domestic crises. The symposium's approach was straightforward. After brief welcoming and introductory remarks participants divided into four Work Groups (WG), each specifically focused on one aspect of the broader issue. This document focuses on the insights from Work Group#4 regarding interactions of the Armed Services' Reserves with other organizations involved in domestic incident response."
U.S. Army War College, Center for Strategic Leadership: http://www.csl.army.mil/
Center for Strategic Leadership: Issue Paper (July 2008), v.10-08