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SPR 2016

Security & Border Protection and CST & CBRNE Source Book, published jointly, concentrate on WMD response, NGB training, counterterrorism, and border security

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Page 21 of 35 20 | S&BP and CST & CBRNE | Spring 2016 Multi-Threat Contingency Ready PROMOTING NATIONAL SECURITY SINCE 1919 "Full Spectrum Protection and Response" GLOBAL EXPLOSIVE ORDNANCE DISPOSAL (EOD) SYMPOSIUM & EXHIBITION AUGUST 2-3, 2016 BETHESDA NORTH MARRIOTT, BETHESDA, MD EVENT #6950 u WWW.NDIA.ORG/MEETINGS/6950 PRODUCED BY NDIA AND THE EOD WARRIOR FOUNDATION Lt. Gen. Lengyel: Today's National Guard is not the same one most of us grew up with – the events of 9/11 changed everything. After more than a decade of war, the nation has invested a great deal in its National Guard. As a result, our Soldiers and Airmen are more ready, accessible, and capable than ever. Since 9/11, we have mobilized nearly 780,000 times, continuously honing our combat skills. In turn, we are able to leverage combat capabilities and equipment to provide rapid, sustained and proven capability when disaster strikes at home. During fiscal year 2015, National Guard members were called-up by their governors 286 times and logged more than 547,000 man-days responding to homeland emergencies. Additionally, since 9/11, the Department of Homeland Security and NORTHCOM have matured, creating a more complex and robust homeland defense architecture. Our 57 Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support Teams, 17 Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear Enhanced Response Force Packages, and 10 regionally aligned Homeland Response Forces have provided depth and f lexibility to our ability to respond. In fact, nearly 14,000 National Guard Soldiers and Airmen comprise 66 percent of the Defense Department's CBRN response. That said, the threats to our nation continue to grow, and technology becomes more lethal. Clearly, as a nation, there is still much to do. Today's National Guard is better prepared to plan, organize and respond than ever before. We will continue to train and exercise with our interagency partners to ensure we remain on the cutting edge of homeland response. S&BP: Where do you see the role for the National Guard at its most prominent in 2016? Lt. Gen. Lengyel: That's difficult to predict. The threats we face at home and abroad today are unprecedented in their scope and variety. The recent terror events in Paris and San Bernardino, Calif., the rise of China and its ambitions, and cyber attacks on our homeland are just some of the issues we see in the headlines of every major newspaper around the world. These global realities are intertwined with changes in our society that come at extraordinary speed and coincide with an American public that has higher expectations of its military. We also face these realities within a daunting fiscal environment that requires us to balance the need to keep Americans safe against budgetary constraints and increasing national debt. Within this security backdrop, it's more important than ever to have a defense strategy that effectively balances readiness with force capacity. The National Guard can be a critical component of the solution during these uncertain times. The Guard is a cost- effective, scalable, operational force that preserves capability and

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