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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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As the winter season ushers in a new year, one of particular importance to Americans with the coming inauguration of a new president, we are collectively reminded of the critical role that those who defend the homeland play in our daily lives. With threats abounding to the nation's borders, both land and sea, coordinated vigilance from all echelons of emergency first response in protecting national, state, and local interests is more than ever the focal effort of those leading the apparatus of command and control. We who call the United States of America home owe these defenders of freedom nothing less than our full support as we welcome in 2017. In the Winter 2016/17 issue of Security & Border Protection/CST & CBNRE, we present readers with a look at the state of the nation's National Guard, offering insight from the Chief himself, Gen. Joe Lengyel on factors key to keeping the world's premier national protection force ready for current and coming challenges. From keeping the country's infrastructure secure to ensuring its coastlines remain so, the men and women of the U.S. Coast Guard are on the frontlines of this tasking. We spoke with VADM Charles Ray regarding his team's work to bolster force readiness in areas such as narcotics interdiction and energy usage for mission assurance. Of particular note, the Coast Guard and its interagency partners removed more than 416,600 pounds of cocaine worth over $5.6 billion in Fiscal Year 2016, which ran from Oct. 1, 2015, to Sept. 30, 2016. The Service's previous record was 367,700 pounds of cocaine removed in Fiscal Year 2008. In this issue's Hill Perspective, readers get insights directly from Capitol Hill as we were fortunate enough to speak with Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) Homeland Security & Government Affairs, on her efforts to channel even greater attention to the fact that those defending the homeland do so against threats both internal and external. This issue's Civil Support Team spotlight highlights the work of the 34th WMD-CST Virginia National Guard out of Ft. Pickett, VA. From training preparation in domestic chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear or high-yield explosive incident response, and associated tasks including team deployment, establishing communications and medical support, conducting survey, technical decontamination and analytical functions, as well as interagency coordination, these men and women work hard to know their stuff. From a new capabilities standpoint, stellar cooperation between the U.S. Army and Army National Guard has brought about a streamlining of network communications by way of a Direct Incident Response Emergency Communications Terminal (DIRECT) capability leveraging the Army's proven Warfighter Information Network- Tactical (WIN-T) to coordinate seamlessly with commercially-provided networks. As always, thanks for your interest and readership. Oh, and Happy New Year! INSIGHTS ISSN: 2154-4476 Published by Tactical Defense Media, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Reproduction without permission is strictly forbidden. ©2016 Tactical Defense Media publications are free to members of the U.S. military, employees of the U.S. government, non-U.S. foreign service based in the U.S. and defense contractors. All TDM publications are sent electronically to international readers. Mailing Address Tactical Defense Media, Inc. PO Box 12115 Silver Spring, MD 20908-0115 USA Telephone: (301) 974-9792 Fax: (443) 637-3714 Tactical Defense Media Publications Proud Members Kevin Hunter Editor Armor & Mobility Christian Sheehy Managing Editor Tactical Defense Media Jittima Saiwongnuan Graphic Designer Tactical Defense Media Sonia Bagherian Publisher Tactical Defense Media Jane Engel Associate Publisher Tactical Defense Media Cathy Kieserman Office Administrator Tactical Defense Media WARFIGHTERS TACTICAL ANNUAL GEAR GUIDE WARFIGHTERS TACTICAL DISCLAIMER: Tactical Defense Media (TDM) is privileged to publish work by members of the military and government personnel. We make a special effort to allow writers to preview their articles before publication, critique our edits, and make changes. However, due to the highly unconventional nature of DoD and government style guides, TDM cannot guarantee that all capitalizations and other grammatical aspects that do not conform to the AP Style Guide will be used. We always welcome constructive conversations on this matter. 2 | S&BP AND CST & CBRNE | Winter 2016/2017

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