Given the debacle that was the National Guard response to Hurricane Katrina, the Rand Corporation has released a quite sensible set of recommendations as to what should be done. Among them, 1) allow the National Guard to respond quickly to emergencies in any state, not just their home state, 2) keep units here so they can respond fast, don’t ship them all overseas, 3) call up troops involuntarily in an emergency, 4) use commercial aircraft if need be, to get help to the area fast.
I’m truly baffled. The National Guard isn’t already doing all of this? They aren’t geared to respond quickly to emergencies in other states? That’s crazy.
And yes, not shipping them all to war zones would certainly help them to respond to emergencies here at home.