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WIN 2016-2017

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

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more sense than ever to have the advantages that the National Guard provides - a cost- effective, scalable, operational force that can preserve capability (the ability to perform myriad missions) and capacity (the man- power and equipment to effectively tackle a problem), that doesn't force the nation to choose between the two. The other broad priority that I will focus on is taking care of our most important weapons system – our people. We will strive to grow and train leaders who are innova- tors and motivators. We will also create a culture where ethical behavior goes from the top down and acts that demoralize units and degrade readiness such as sexual assault and discrimination will never be tolerated. We will also make sure that we are looking after one another and ensuring that every man and woman knows that they have someone they can turn to if needed. S&BP: Please discuss examples of the NGB partnering with other government agencies in helping with WMD emergency preparation and first response? Gen. Lengyel: The National Guard is our nation's primary domestic military response force and securing the homeland is the number one priority of our nation. What this means is that the National Guard will be the first military force looked upon to lead and coordinate our nation's military resources with our federal, state, and local partners during times of crises. As I mentioned earlier, unity of effort is embedded in our culture. Our incredible partnerships include the one we have with FEMA. Since 2013, we have had a seat at the table for FEMA's Emer- gency Support Function Leadership Group. That's the senior-level group who coordi- nates national-level interagency response and recovery responsibilities before disaster strikes. We can't be exchanging business cards during a crisis. That's why long-term, productive relationships are imperative. Working with FEMA, we have developed response plans that address everything from the Ebola virus, to wildfire fighting, to com- plex catastrophes. These plans are exercised and updated to ensure we are ready to respond. New plans are developed when the need arises such as the current effort to prepare for the Zika virus threat. It's also important to note the matura- tion of the Department of Homeland Security and NORTHCOM since 9/11. We have created a far more complex and robust homeland Gen. Joseph Lengyel (above) surveys flood damage in Baton Rouge, La. from a Black Hawk. (National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Michelle Gonzalez) The Chief, National Guard Bureau (above) discusses response options from the National Guard Coordination Center after Hurricane Matthew struck the Carolinas. (National Guard photo by Sgt. 1st Class Jim Greenhill) Gen. Joseph Lengyel (above) addresses attendees at the National Guard Association of the United States conference in Baltimore, Md. (National Guard photo by Sgt. 1st Class Jim Greenhill) LEADERSHIP PERSPECTIVE www.tacticaldefensemedia.com 12 | S&BP AND CST & CBRNE | Winter 2016/2017

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