Reserve Forces: Actions Needed to Better Prepare the National Guard for Future Overseas and Domestic Missions

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A letter report issued by the Government Accountability Office with an abstract that begins "The September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and the global war on terrorism have triggered the largest activation of National Guard forces since World War II. As of June 2004, over one-half of the National Guard's 457,000 personnel had been activated for overseas warfighting or domestic homeland security missions in federal and state active duty roles. In addition to increased usage, the Guard has also experienced long deployments and high demand for personnel with specific skills, such as military police. The high pace of operations and the ... continued below

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United States. Government Accountability Office. November 10, 2004.

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A letter report issued by the Government Accountability Office with an abstract that begins "The September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and the global war on terrorism have triggered the largest activation of National Guard forces since World War II. As of June 2004, over one-half of the National Guard's 457,000 personnel had been activated for overseas warfighting or domestic homeland security missions in federal and state active duty roles. In addition to increased usage, the Guard has also experienced long deployments and high demand for personnel with specific skills, such as military police. The high pace of operations and the Guard's expanded role since September 11 have raised concerns about whether the Guard is capable of successfully performing its multiple missions within existing and expected resource levels, especially given the challenges it faces in meeting future requirements. GAO was asked to assess the extent to which the Guard is: (1) adapting to meet warfighting requirements in the post-September 11 security environment and (2) supporting immediate and emerging homeland security needs."

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United States. Government Accountability Office. Reserve Forces: Actions Needed to Better Prepare the National Guard for Future Overseas and Domestic Missions, report, November 10, 2004; Washington D.C.. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc300423/: accessed June 23, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.