Organizing the National Guard to provide effective domestic operations
Fitzgerald, Shawn Patrick.
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Over the last 30 years, the National Guard (NG), out of necessity, has needed to look beyond each individual state's boundaries in an attempt to respond collectively better as a NG rather than individual militias. As a result of this shifting need in domestic operations, the current structure of the NG is not conducive to providing efficient and effective support for these homeland security missions. The NG should establish regional command relationships that extend beyond current state boundaries to respond better to homeland security missions. Establishing regional command relationships will enhance the NG's homeland response better to both natural and man-made disasters. Instead of having the current model of 54 separate entities, the NG with regionalization, could utilize the current model of Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)'s 10 regions or a model similar to that used by Canada Command and the Canadian Forces (CF). Creating a regional structure would allow a better disbursement of limited resources and provide a more efficient response to the incident site. States within the same region would essentially have a compact that would allow other state's NG assets to deploy and operate in a time of need; all controlled by a regional director or commander.
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