The tragedy of Hurricane Harvey provided a clear demonstration of the National Guard’s role in responding to natural disasters and domestic crises. The entire Texas Guard contingent has been deployed along with units from more than a dozen states. Nearby states have provided additional Army Guard units and equipment while those farther away such as New York, Connecticut and Alaska have sent Air Guard helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft. Overall, the National Guard’s response demonstrates the value of each state possessing a uniformed military response capability to natural or man-made disasters. I have written commentary on this topic for The National Interest here.
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