Security (S&B/CBRNE) Magazine

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 19 of 35 18 | S&BP and CST & CBRNE | Spring 2016 Multi-Threat Contingency Ready S&BP recently had the opportunity to speak with Lt. Gen. Joe Lengyel, Vice Chief, National Guard Bureau, regarding his views on countering threats to border security, including illegal immigration, drug traffcking, and cyber attacks, through proactive training and cross- organization cooperation. S&BP: Please speak to your role as Vice Chief of National Guard Bureau, and the organization's overall mission. Lt. Gen. Lengyel: As Vice Chief, my role is to assist the Chief, National Guard Bureau, in ensuring nearly 460,000 Army and Air National Guard personnel are accessible, capable and ready to perform the three missions we do so well - fighting America's wars, securing our homeland, and building enduring partnerships. We support the warfight as the primary combat reserve of the Army and the Air Force. The National Guard provides trained and ready forces to the active component for our combatant command missions abroad. In the homeland, the National Guard prepares for the "worst night in America." Located in nearly every ZIP code, we are typically the first military force on the scene after disaster strikes. Armed with enduring partnerships established with our local, state, federal and global partners, we support regional security overseas and provide highly trained forces to rapidly respond in the homeland. S&BP: What programs are you currently working on/heading up? Any particular partnerships with industry? Lt. Gen. Lengyel: Partnerships are one of the things we do extraordinarily well! The National Guard enhances both our warfighting and homeland capabilities through the partnerships we build. Through the National Guard's State Partnership Program, where states are paired with allied nations, we've established enduring partnerships with 76 nations. Many of our partners have transitioned from security consumers to security providers. In the homeland, our long-term federal, state and interagency relationships help to expedite disaster response and reduce redundancy in effort, ultimately saving lives, property and protecting critical assets. For example, the National Guard works with individual geo-specific consortiums such as those created for the Cascadia Subduction Zone and the New Madrid Seismic Zone. On the southwest border, the National Guard performs aerial detection and READINESS THROUGH VIGILANCE Lt. Gen. Joseph L. Lengyel Vice Chief National Guard Bureau Washington, DC

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