National Guard Homeland Defense White Paper: Sept. 11, 2001, Hurricane Katrina, and Beyond

Wednesday October 12, 2005

Here are some highlights from the White Paper on Homeland Defense, which has been released by the National Guard Bureau. You may view the entire paper at

In this paper, the following topics relating to Homeland Defense and the National Guard are addressed.

- Homeland Defense in the Wake of 9-11:

- Critical Infrastructure and Force Protection
- Airport Security
- Mobilizations

- Civil Support in Response to Hurricane Katrina:

- Louisiana National Guard in recovery efforts.
- Task Force Engineers rebuilding local communities.
- Florida Air National Guard restoring power, refurbishing electrical supplies and repairing schools.
- Water purification mission by North Dakota Guard.
- Aviation crews flying 4 to 15 food and water supply missions daily.

- National Special Security Events (NSSEs):

- 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah.
- G-8 Summit Conference in Savannah, Georgia.
- 2004 Democratic National Convention in Boston, Massachusetts.
- Operation Winger Freeze supporting US Customs and Border Protections' Border Patrol.

- Strategy for Improved Homeland Defense in the Future:

- Integrating force protection
- Preparing for multiple chemical, biological, radiological/nuclear, and high-yield explosive events.
- Providing National Guard information technology to support inter-agency information sharing .
- Supporting prompt and coordinated Federal HLD and Civil Support missions and Emergency Preparedness.

See the National Guard Bureau website at


  • Battle worn (AT | EB)
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  • Parents continue fight over Soldier's remains (NYTqmP) | EB)
  • Army fell short of its 2005 recruiting goals (NYT | EB)
  • U.S. earthquake assistance arrives in Pakistan (ARNEWS)
  • Army launches vehicle safety course (ARNEWS)
  • Army offers new plan to boost recruiting numbers (AT)


  • Intercepted letter details Al Qaeda plots (WP | EB)
  • In Iraq, things may get worse before they get better (SFTC | EB)
  • More than 50 dead - violence starts to escalate as vote nears (USAT/EB)
  • Breakthrough Tuesday revives hopes of winning Sunni support (WP | EB)
  • CIA report criticizes pre-war planning (USAT | EB)
  • Agreement from new Kyrgyz leadership for open-ended use of airfield (WP | EB)
  • N.Y. subway scare was a hoax (CNN)
  • The Pentagon has increased programs to recruit spies (WT | EB)


  • In future years, more military will fight nature (NYT | EB)
  • Judges recieve special training from American, British and Australian experts (SPI)
  • Opinion: 'Silence And Suicide' (NYT | EB)
  • Spate of suicides concerns Army (AT)
  • Air Force will 'withdrawn for further review' evangelization code (NYT | EB)
  • Female suicide bomber strikes (AT)
  • FEMA restricting release of information on Hurricane Katrina evacuees (WP)


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This ESPN reality-based series will be eight one-hour episodes. Below you'll see the episode schedule ending with a Thanksgiving Day marathon.

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For 369 years, defense of our homeland, both here and abroad, has been the National Guard's focus- and as the nation's militia force, that focus will never change.

LTG H. Steven Blum
Chief, National Guard Bureau


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