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  • The Price Every State Must Pay: The National Guard and Sequestration

    During a visit to the Niagara Falls Air and Reserve Station, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta praised the soldiers and airmen of the Reserve and National Guard for their service safeguarding the nation. He warned, however, that the looming defense sequestration threatened to jeopardize the National Guard’s capacity to protect the nation and respond to a crisis.

    Panelists at Heritage’s discussion echoed Panetta’s concerns that sequestration will impact the National Guard’s ability to respond to crisis both at home and abroad. The Honorable Paul McHale, former Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense, stated that the National Guard is already facing budget cuts.

    If sequestration goes into effect, Title 32 funding, which allocates federal money to the National Guard but gives the state command and control, will be almost eliminated. Domestic security will be placed at risk as the cuts will decimate both equipment and personnel. There will not only be fewer Guardsmen to enact missions but less efficient equipment to work with and fewer dollars to support them.

    Building on these points, Lieutenant General H. Steven Blum (Ret.) argued that the National Guard cannot afford to be under-resourced. Blum commented that the newest piece of Heritage research by McHale shows that the U.S. is not prepared and in desperate need of resources. “It will shake that confidence in the nation,” he added, “when the American military cannot properly respond at home.”

    The National Guard is critical in both responding to domestic disaster and protecting against attacks on the nation’s critical infrastructure. There is no question that sequestration will have a dire impact on security here at home as it will disproportionately cut the reserve components.

    Sequestration is not the answer. It will gut the National Guard, rendering it ill-equipped, less trained, and less prepared to respond to crisis. Furthermore, it is morally irresponsible to send our troops into danger without proper training or resources. America cannot afford to have an under-resourced and unprepared National Guard.

    The unintended consequences of sequestration on the National Guard will hit each and every community in America and, if nothing is done now, it will sadly be realized when disaster strikes.

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    5 Responses to The Price Every State Must Pay: The National Guard and Sequestration

    1. Nick says:

      As freedom, readiness also carries a price…

    2. Lloyd Scallan says:

      For all of those "established Republicans" fans out there, and their hand-picked "boy" Romney, just remember your gutless members of Congress voted for sequestration along with the Obama led Dems. So don't cry in your beer and do as Obama does, blame it all on someone else. When Congress agreed to allowed this pending disaster, they knew this day would come. But like the devious fools they are, they now want to reverse what the did because every day we are one day closer to November.

    3. Mike, Wichita Falls says:

      The House GOP should be ashamed of themselves for letting this happen all in the name of compromise. They had the trump card on the debt ceiling debate but showed their hand. Have they already placed national security, a Constitutional duty of the federal government, on equal footing with entitlements, which at most should only be an option for the states? What will they do now? Will they offer up a repeal of only the defense cuts, all sequestration or the whole BCA which would also undo the raising of the debt ceiling? They'll have to wait for Romney and hold the majority.

    4. RennyG says:

      I wonder what would happen if the military/guard went on strike?? "National security??!!" This guy has abused and disreguarded our constitution, broken laws, has created a "two" party system, the executive and judicial, both run by him. Why can he do all the law breaking and there is nothing we can do to protect ourselves??? Don't say vote!!!
      This guy is going to declair a state of WAR to stay in office and finish the job of destroying our AMERICA!

    5. AD-RtR/OS! says:

      What need do we have for a National Guard, when we will have Obama's Civilian Security Corpse under the auspices of the Department of Homeland Security.
      The only question is:
      Will they wear Brown, or Black Shirts?
      How does Big Sis look in either?

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