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  • National Guard Spending Cuts
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    National Guard Spending Cuts

    Paul McHale and Steven Blum talked about the impact of sequestration on the National Guard. Sequestration refers to across-the-board budget cuts agreed to in the Budget Control Act of 2011 and…

    373 views
  • Military Readiness
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    Military Readiness

    Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense and Americas' Security Affairs Paul McHale and Lt. Gen. H Steven Blum, chief of the National Guard Bureau, spoke to reporters in the Pentagon…

    56 views
  • Federal Firefighting Assistance
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    Federal Firefighting Assistance

    Department of Defense officials spoke to reporters about federal support and National Guard assets provided to fighting the wildfires in California. More than 350,000 acres had burned and…

    51 views
  • National Guard Role in Border Security
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    National Guard Role in Border Security

    The Senate Armed Services Committee heard testimony on the roles and missions of the National Guard in support of the Bureau of Customs and Border Protection. Witnesses testified about the…

    78 views
  • Fiscal Year 2008 National Guard and Reserve Budget
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    Fiscal Year 2008 National Guard and Reserve Budget

    The heads of National Guard and Reserve forces testified about the portion of the fiscal year 2008 defense budget that affects them. Topics included maintaining troop strength, number of…

    230 views
  • National Guard and Reserves Operations
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    National Guard and Reserves Operations

    The Commission on the National Guard and Reserves held a final hearing before reporting to Congress on legislative proposals to increase the responsibilities of the National Guard and…

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  • National Guard and Border Security
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    National Guard and Border Security

    General Blum spoke to reporters about Operation Jump Start and took questions. Topics included securing the U.S. border and National Guards working with the Border Patrol.

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  • National Guard and Border Security
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    National Guard and Border Security

    General Blum was interviewed on the role of the National Guard and Operation Jump Start to assist the U.S. Border Patrol in preventing illegal immigration across the Mexico-U.S. border. Topics included…

    35 views
  • National Guard Border Security Mission
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    National Guard Border Security Mission

    The House Armed Services Committee held a hearing on the border security mission of the National Guard. They heard testimony on planned operational coordination with law enforcement, including…

    76 views
  • Border Security
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    Border Security

    Homeland security officials spoke about immigration reform and securing U.S. borders. Among the topics they addressed were the president’s plan to deploy 6000 National Guard troops along…

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  • Fiscal Year 2007 Defense Appropriations
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    Fiscal Year 2007 Defense Appropriations

    The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense held a hearing on the fiscal year 2007 budget for the Defense Department. Secretary Rumsfeld and General Pace testified about military…

    98 views
  • National Guard and Reserves Emergency Response
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    National Guard and Reserves Emergency Response

    Military reserve and National Guard officials testified about the current and future roles of the National Guard and reserves in homeland defense, homeland security, and disaster response.

    75 views
  • Fiscal Year 2007 Homeland Defense Budget
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    Fiscal Year 2007 Homeland Defense Budget

    The witnesses testified on the fiscal year 2007 Defense Department budget for roles and missions related to homeland defense and support for civil authorities.

    43 views
  • Hurricane Katrina  Journalists As First Responders
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    Hurricane Katrina - Journalists As First Responders

    As part of the 2005 Conference titled, “The Long Hard Slog: Covering the Iraq War at Home and Abroad,” Mr. Christenson moderated a panel on the role of journalists as first responders…

    123 views
  • Hurricane Katrina Response Efforts
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    Hurricane Katrina Response Efforts

    Lieutenant General Blum spoke about the National Guard from Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama. He discussed hurricane relief efforts and how many reservists were currently deployed…

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  • Hurricane Katrina Response
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    Hurricane Katrina Response

    Secretary Chertoff and other agency heads provided an update on Hurricane Katrina relief efforts along the Gulf Coast. They discussed distribution of resources, security issues, as well as…

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  • Military Base Closings Impact
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    Military Base Closings Impact

    The 2005 Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission heard testimony on the impact of recommended closings and realignments. The first panel discussed the impact of the recommendations…

    110 views
  • Air Force Future Total Force Plan
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    Air Force Future Total Force Plan

    The House Armed Services Committee heard testimony from U.S. Air Force officials about the plan for the U.S. Air Force future total force. Witnesses testified about the role of the Air…

    143 views
  • National Guard and Reserve 2006 Budget
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    National Guard and Reserve 2006 Budget

    The Defense Subcommittee of the Senate Appropriations Committee held a hearing on the fiscal year 2006 budget for the National Guard and Reserve. Among the issues they addressed were…

    89 views
  • Adequacy of Army Forces
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    Adequacy of Army Forces

    Senior defense and reserve officials testified about military readiness, the use of guard and reserve forces in support of operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, retention of reserve members,…

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