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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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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…

  • Role of the National Guard
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    Role of the National Guard

    Witnesses testified regarding the role of the National Guard. Among the topics addressed were proposed changes to federal regulations and the evolving responsibilities of the National…