National Guard Homeland Defense White Paper: September 11, 2001, Hurricane Katrina, and Beyond [open pdf - 427KB]
"America's enemies continually seek new ways to attack America, so we must be ever adaptive in our methods of protection. Natural disasters such as the Tsunami of December 2004 and Hurricane Katrina in August 2005 seem to test and sometimes thwart our plans. Historically, the United States military worked to secure the United States by maintaining a powerful overseas presence and warfighting capability. The September 11, 2001 terror attacks showed a very real and emerging threat to our country. Natural disasters such as Katrina test the very fiber of mankind. We must extend our capabilities to deter and defeat aggression both at home and abroad. We must improve our prevention, detection, response, and recovery mechanisms in the face of national or natural disasters. In the balance of this paper we lay out how the National Guard responded to provide Homeland Defense in the wake of 9-11 and the more recent Katrina disaster. We examine how the National Guard is taking the initiative to fill capability gaps and improve its Homeland Defense capability. We also discuss National Guard mobilization methods as they relate to Homeland Defense and some HLD initiatives that predate 9-11, including the establishment of Weapons of Mass Destruction-Civil Support Teams (WMD-CSTs)."
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