Security (S&B/CBRNE) Magazine

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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example, the need to optimize response times when working with first responders is critical to saving lives and mitigating suffer- ing. The JIEE (Joint Information Exchange Environment), WEBEOC (Web-Based Emer- gency Operations Center), and DRRS (Defense Readiness Reporting System) are some of the main tools we use for effective emergency communication and response coordination. We've seen it work recently after floods over- whelmed Baton Rouge. Our response efforts have vastly improved over the years and we will continue to work with agencies and indus- try to improve even further. S&BP: What parts of the country have you seen major improvements in with regard to the National Guard, and in what areas could you see room for improvement? Gen. Lengyel: The National Guard is 54 strong (50 states, Puerto Rico, Guam, the Virgin Islands and the District of Columbia) with facilities in more than 2,600 communities. Although each state, territory, and the District of Columbia have its own Air and Army National Guard, we are still one National Guard! So if a state or territory lacks a certain resource, such as Black Hawks or high-water vehicles, their governor can request it from another state through state-to-state agreements or EMACs (the Emergency Management Assistance Compact). Through our history, culture, and the unique nature of our dual-use status, we are accustomed to answering the call to Governors during a state emergency, and at the same time, ready to respond when the President federalizes our forces. S&BP: Where do you see emerging threats in local towns and communities that could present major challenges? Gen. Lengyel: The threats we face at home today are unprecedented in their scope and variety. Recent terror events and cyber incidents against our homeland are just some of the issues impacting our towns and communities. Another aspect to this is that technology and the information age has resulted in a public that expects a faster response from its military. Compounding this reality is the daunting fiscal environment that requires the Defense Department to balance the need to keep Ameri- cans safe against budgetary constraints and the increasing national debt. What this means is that as our population continues to grow, we will have to protect our citizens with a smaller force. S&BP: Please feel free to add anything else. Gen. Lengyel: We have challenges and threats out there that won't go away. But I believe our National Guard is better prepared to respond than ever before. Our motto, 'Always Ready, Always There,' is something we have embraced for 380 years. We will continue to adapt and change as that is a big part of our history. Our nation and our military showed amaz- ing resolve after 9/11. We became stronger as a nation. The operational National Guard that we have today is a result of that tragic event. As we move forward, our National Guard will continue to evolve to ensure we continue to secure our nation and help bring security around the globe. Gen. Lengyel talks with Israel Police Col. Yitzik Cohen during Exercise Silver Jewel, a simulated terrorist attack, Hadera, Israel, November 2016. The National Guard has a homeland security cooperation partnership with the Israeli Defense Force's Home Front Command. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. 1st Class Jim Greenhill) LEADERSHIP PERSPECTIVE www.tacticaldefensemedia.com 14 | S&BP AND CST & CBRNE | Winter 2016/2017

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