What Imagery Collection Capabilities Does the National Guard Need to Fulfill Its Domestic Emergency Response Missions? [open pdf - 8MB]
From the Thesis Abstract: "The National Guard is granted unique legal charter to operate domestically under the command of a Governor or be federalized and operate under the command of the President. Today each of the 50 states, the three territories and the District of Columbia, has a National Guard. Due to their dual domestic and federal requirements, the National Guard must maintain flexibility in the training and equipment they pursue. The best missions to be nested with the National Guard are those which easily lend themselves to both Federal and domestic application. For the Air National Guard this means concentrations in missions such as Airlift, Communications, Civil Engineering, Cyber and Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR). Despite the value the National Guard is to the Air Force, due to budgetary constraints, the Air National Guard is projecting the loss of its RC-26B [Reconnaissance Cargo-26B] aircraft. In order to conduct a needs-based recapitalization, it is necessary to study the domestic response needs of the National Guard."
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