CSIS Series on the Future of the Army National Guard

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A forum to discuss the potential roles and duties of the U.S. Army National Guard through the examination of basic principles, structural drivers, and capabilities for different missions.

The Army National Guard plays a pivotal role in the security of the Nation. It is simultaneously a reserve component of the United States Army and is the militia noted in the Constitution. The National Guard is available, as a part of the total force, to the President and the governors to respond to emergencies here in the American homeland as well as overseas under Title 10 authorities. As part of the CSIS Series on the Future of the Army National Guard, the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) hosted several invitation-only, off-the-record roundtable discussions to support candid, open dialogue among interested, knowledgeable policymakers and practitioners and to inform CSIS analysis and policy recommendations regarding the future of the Guard. Each roundtable addressed a specific topic area relating to the Guard. Each topic page below contains a summary of the roundtable discussion. This series will conclude with a public event during which experts will highlight and discuss findings and recommendations that resulted from the project.

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    This section examines the potential roles of the Guard in overseas missions in light of recent major policy developments regarding DoD’s approach to BPC efforts as well as shifts in responsibility for other overseas operations.

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    This section discusses recent major policy developments regarding the federal government’s approach to cybersecurity, each of the major “players” and their missions, and the Guard’s potential role.

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    This section examines various perspectives on the Guard’s role in homeland security and homeland defense, exploring current and future threat scenarios, the Guard’s experience and capabilities, and existing and potential partnerships with other U.S. Government entities.

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    This section examines major ongoing debates, including strategic vs. operational force, active component/reserve component mix, readiness and training, and cost considerations.