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US House Armed Services Committee

TESTIMONY OF
LIEUTENANT GENERAL H STEVEN BLUM
CHIEF NATIONAL GUARD BUREAU

AND

LIEUTENANT GENERAL ROGER C. SCHULTZ
DIRECTOR, ARMY NATIONAL GUARD

AND

LIEUTENANT GENERAL DANIEL JAMES III
DIRECTOR, AIR NATIONAL GUARD

BEFORE THE
HOUSE
ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE
SUBCOMMITTEE ON TOTAL FORCE

UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

REGARDING RESERVE COMPONENT ISSUES

 March 31, 2004


 

IN MEMORIAM

A Dedication to the men and women of the Army and the Air National Guard who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving the United States of America.

Overview

At no time in our history has America depended more on its Citizen-Soldiers. The strength of our National Guard, as always, is derived from the caliber of our Soldiers and Airmen. When we think about what our nation asks these young Citizen-Soldiers and Airmen to do for their communities, their states, and their nation, and how magnificently they have performed here at home and abroad, our hearts are filled with pride.

Our priorities and our vision focuses on leveraging the talents, the abilities, the selfless commitment and the enthusiasm of these Soldiers and Airmen. As Chief of the National Guard Bureau, my mission is to ensure that they receive the latest training, complete and modern equipment, and an organizational and command structure worthy of their mission and their service.

The National Guard will remain, first and foremost, a provider of ready, trained, and equipped warfighting units to combatant commanders through the Army and the Air Force. Notably, the Guard has always been, throughout its history, a force that spanned the continuum of what we define today as "Homeland Security," "Homeland Defense," and "Warfighting." September 11, 2001 has refocused us on our fundamental responsibility to defend the homeland-the original mission of the militia-and revealed the present day efficacy that the founders understood so well-that a citizen-based militia is the best force to protect the citizenry from which it is drawn.

The Guard is uniquely suited, like no other entity in the Defense Department, or indeed in the entire nation, to carry out that mission. No other organization has our combination of size, skills, training and experience, dispersion across the nation, command and communications infrastructure, and the legal flexibility to support civil authorities at a moment's notice. In nearly 3,000 communities around the nation, the Guard stands ready today-as it has since Jamestown was settled nearly 400 years ago.

Support the War Fight
Anytime, Anywhere

We, the Guard, must provide the kind of forces that America needs, when America needs them.

One of Secretary Rumsfeld's key mandates to the Services is to find ways to make the National Guard more ready and accessible in its federal warfighting role. Working in conjunction with the Army and Joint Forces Command, our goal is to dramatically improve the current mobilization and demobilization process. Under current guidelines, it can take several weeks to months to prepare an Army National Guard unit to mobilize and deploy-compared to the Air Guard model where units deploy in a matter of hours or days.

We need to study and adapt the Air Guard model where possible.

We are working with the Army to change its go-to-war protocols. It is no longer practical to follow cold war regimens of train, alert, mobilize, train, certify, deploy. We must move to train, alert, deploy. By updating home station facilities, taking advantage of new technologies, and funding units at a higher level of readiness, we hope to create a new 21st century minuteman. The Guard must and will continue to operate across the full spectrum of national security missions. But, new asymmetrical threats call for a different kind of warfighter and different mission systems. We need to be smarter, lighter, more agile, and more lethal.

The National Guard force structure does not stand alone unto itself, but rather represents a 38 percent slice of the total Army and approximately 34 percent of the total Air Force. As ongoing operations abroad reveal the need to rebalance the types of units in the Army and the Air Force, the Guard will be a leader in embracing this change. Likewise, if studies indicate that Army divisions or Air Force wings are no longer needed, it is our view that we, like the active component and reserves, must change. We are working closely with the Army as we move to a balanced, modular force. Similarly, through Vanguard, we are working with the Air Force to meet the aerospace needs of the future.

Homeland Defense
Here and Abroad for over 365 Years

We are this country's longest lasting, longest serving military organization; we predate our nation. Today, the National Guard is ready to write a brand new page in its long and heroic history, and get the mission accomplished.

When you call out the National Guard, you call out America's joint home team.

The Guard was there when it was needed, demonstrating the flexible accessibility inherent in the unique multi-status roles of the Guard. Our Homeland Defense and Security roles mandate that we be capable of seamlessly operating in federal and state intergovernmental and interagency roles. September 11th and its aftermath are illustrative of the Guard's new operating environment and its unique flexibility to respond to our nation's needs.

Within 24 hours of the attack on the World Trade Center, 8,500 New York Army and Air National Guardmembers were on the streets of New York in State Active Duty status. Within 72 hours of President Bush's request to the Governors, Guardmembers were assisting civil authorities in protecting U.S. airports (USC Title 32 status). As security of our skies became paramount after September 11th, the Air National Guard logged more than 30,000 incident free, fully armed combat air patrol missions (USC Title 10 status) over the United States.

Congress funded the formation of joint Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support Teams within the National Guard beginning in 1999. These units were designed to provide direct assistance to civilian emergency responders in the event of a chemical, biological, nuclear or radiological attack upon the homeland. Few in numbers and still in their operational infancy in 2001, nevertheless it was one of these units-New York's 2nd Civil Support Team-that became the first organized unit of any military service or component to arrive on Ground Zero on the morning of September 11th, sampling the air to ensure that no biological or chemical contaminants were present.

Since September 11th, National Guard Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support Teams operate daily in communities throughout the nation. They are in a unique position to provide emergency community response with full communications capability to the local, state and federal levels. Moreover, they are actively involved in planning and integration of Guard assets in local and state emergency plans.

Currently, we have 32 fully certified Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support Teams. Congress recognized the urgent need to expand that number, and 23 teams are scheduled to stand up in the next four years, beginning with 12 this year alone. The Guard has initiated several dramatic new programs that will further increase and improve our Homeland Defense capability, while at the same time enhancing our ability as warfighters.

We are actively pursuing the following initiatives:

  • Organizing 12 Enhanced Response Force Packages. These forces will consist of a National Guard Civil Support Team, an enhanced division medical company with a 150-person per hour decontamination and treatment capability, an enhanced engineer company with specialized search and recovery equipment, and a task-trained combat unit capable of supporting law enforcement. These force packages will meet a previously identified Northern Command request for capabilities.
  • Expanding National Guard involvement in Ground-based Mid-course Missile Defense, Cyber and Information Operations, Space, and Intelligence Operations for both the Army and Air Guard. One model we hope to emulate is the Guard's highly successful experience in manning Nike missile batteries in the 1960s and 1970s. At that time, traditional and full-time Guardsmen served together in units under State control, with self-activating orders that automatically brought them into a Federal status when the enemy attacked.
  • Creating National Guard Reaction Forces through dual missioning and training of existing units. These units will be immediately available to State and Federal governments and for Homeland Security purposes. They are already forward deployed throughout the United States. The units will retain full war fight and homeland security capabilities. These forces will also meet a previously identified Northern Command request for forces requirement.

We are expanding our interagency and intergovernmental efforts and look forward to increased cooperation between the National Guard, the states and the Departments of Homeland Security and Defense. We are participating in exercises and planning at state and local levels, and we have shared our Automated Exercise and Assessment System with them. We are working with the national emergency responder and management associations as well.

The National Guard has a significant number of units capable of "dual-use"-that is to say, the combat skill sets in these units are directly applicable to peacetime domestic support operations. We have developed a force management model that will help us to ensure that sufficient appropriate forces, properly resourced are available to the Governors for State, Homeland Defense and support to Homeland Security missions.

We will leverage the units, training and resources in our existing war fight capabilities to expand and enhance the roles we can perform in homeland security. We will make smarter use of force structure and make minor modifications to mission essential task lists to geometrically increase capabilities. We will provide homeland defense capabilities in force packages, built from standardized warfighting units. By doing this in our role as a state military force, we will raise the threshold at which commitment of federal military resources to non-warfighting tasks becomes necessary.

Transformation for the 21st Century
Relevant, Reliable, Ready and Accessible

Transformation is a state of mind. It is about how we think, organize and approach the future. We are transforming our headquarters and our capabilities to shape our future. We reorganized the National Guard Bureau from three separate organizations into a joint organization effective July 1, 2003. We streamlined and flattened the organization, making it more efficient, capable, and aligned its staff functions and responsibilities with those of the Joint Staff and the combatant commanders.

We have undertaken aggressive employer and family programs. The three-legged stool of the Guard and Reserve-Service member, family, and employer-is only as sturdy as the weakest leg. We are talking with the nation's major employers and the states are aggressively doing the same with employers in their area. Our family program was the model on which the entire Department of Defense program was based, and we continue to work to address the information, emotional and support needs of our families. To that end, I have authorized a position in each state to specifically deal with employer support.

The State Adjutants General consolidated 162 State headquarters organizations into 54 doctrinally aligned Standing Joint Force Headquarters-creating, effective in October 2003, a single joint force headquarters in each state for all Army and Air Guard activities. This will ensure a rapid and coordinated response to any emergency, making the National Guard more versatile, relevant, and able to meet our national security challenges.

Our joint team will become seamless with the other five services-the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and the Coast Guard-and their reserve components as well. It will be capable of meeting active component requirements and serving as an integrator for active component and reserve component consequence management operations. Together with our sister services, we will fight and win this war on terrorism both here at home and abroad.

Readiness is a product of resources and training. We must focus our training on the myriad missions we will be asked to perform, and we-the National Guard Bureau-must obtain the resources necessary for the Soldiers and Airmen to accomplish the mission.

Some of the changes contemplated will require the cooperation of Congress in amending existing law.

Because of its increased relevance, the National Guard Bureau should be organized so that the senior officer of the Army and the Air National Guard of the United States on duty with the National Guard Bureau should become the Acting Chief if the office is vacant or if the Chief is absent or disabled. This change is necessary because of the elevation of the Directors of the Army and Air National Guard to Lieutenant General, without a concomitant promotion of the Vice Chief of the National Guard Bureau. Similarly, the Vice Chief of the National Guard Bureau should become the Director of the Joint Staff of the National Guard Bureau. This designation reflects the roles and functions of this individual within the National Guard Bureau's joint organization.

Conclusion

We are transforming the Guard in all domains-the way we fight, the way we do business, and the way we work with others-to provide the Guard America needs today and tomorrow.

Training must produce enhanced readiness, immediate accessibility, and individual and unit capability to conduct operations at home and abroad.

We have approached our transformation in an open, collegial manner, talking with all affected stakeholders including the Governors and working as a team-Adjutants General, National Guard Bureau, Army, Air Force, Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Joint Staff and others-to do what is right for America.

As we look forward to the new fiscal year, the National Guard is enthusiastically engaged in planning, programming, and executing the extraordinary changes that are ahead. We are evolving in ways that will allow us to accomplish our state and federal missions more efficiently than ever before, as we design mechanisms to seamlessly operate in the Defense Department, interagency, and intergovernmental environments.

The National Guard will continue to defend our nation, both at home and abroad, in both its state and federal capacities, as it has for 367 years. It will continue to serve as the reserve component without peer in the world. This is our birthright-it is the legacy of the Minuteman.

Overview

The Army National Guard stands with the Active Component as we wage war against the purveyors of global terrorism. Today, Soldiers in the Army National Guard have answered the call of the nation and are serving across the nation and the world. The Army National Guard, as an integral part of the U.S. Army, is transforming itself to better prosecute the Global War on Terrorism while remaining a ready and relevant force that is prepared to defend our homeland.

The Posture Statement provides the Army National Guard an opportunity to share with Congress what we have done in the past year and where we are heading in the future. The Army Directorate in the National Guard Bureau is responsible for how the Army National Guard supports the Soldiers, their families, and their employers in communities throughout the United States. Our Soldiers come from every state, territory, and segment of society, and we recognize that we support and are supported by those around us. The Army National Guard is a community-based military organization and, as such, we are prepared to assist our cities and towns in times of natural or man-made disaster. Army National Guard Soldiers are Citizen-Soldiers, and we recognize that we must fulfill dual roles as ordinary citizens and as members of the Armed Forces of the United States.

As the Army National Guard continues to protect our nation, the Chief, National Guard Bureau, has identified three priorities for the Army National Guard that will nurture this responsibility: Support the War Fight, Homeland Defense, and Transformation for the 21st Century. As our enemies seek ways to wage their war of terrorism in the United States and around the world, we are and must remain ready. The Army National Guard has proven itself capable of securing our borders while simultaneously carrying out a variety of missions across the globe. Our goals are to maximize our ability to support our Soldiers, protect our nation, and support the warfighters by providing a trained and ready force.

It cannot be stressed enough that the Army National Guard has an increased and more vital role in the U.S. Army than ever before. The U.S. Army is at the forefront of the conflict in Afghanistan and Iraq. As Reserve Components of the Army continue to deploy at increasing rates, the Army National Guard joins the Army in its objectives to remain ready and relevant in the midst of a war where our enemy is elusive. We are transforming ourselves into a more flexible, responsive, and capabilities-based force that is able to seamlessly integrate into the larger Army. As the Army transforms itself from the Current Force to the Future Force, so will the Army National Guard.

The Army National Guard is ready for every challenge both here at home and abroad. We are not and cannot be complacent. The support we receive from our citizens, families, employers, and legislatures is invaluable. Our Constitution charges us to defend America, and we will do this with the same dedication and steadfast purpose as we have done for nearly 400 years.

Support the War Fight
The Guard Overseas

Not since World War II have so many Soldiers been activated for wars. The Army National Guard demonstrated its responsiveness by providing ready units in support of numerous overseas missions throughout 2003. These missions ranged from combat operations to Post-Hostility and Stability Operations. At the close of the year, 75,000 National Guardsmen were on active duty serving overseas. The year began with our Soldiers fighting in Afghanistan and ended with Soldiers from the Vermont and Oklahoma National Guard training the Afghanistan National Army. There are just over 4,000 Soldiers in Afghanistan today. The war in Iraq required the activation of 69,380 Soldiers and there are just under 60,000 serving there today. The war in Iraq and in Afghanistan exacted a toll on our most precious resource, the Soldier. Understandably and regrettably there have been 60 Soldiers who have lost their lives fighting these two campaigns. The war in Iraq saw the activation of brigade size units, Attack Aviation Battalions, Combat Engineers, and Military Police. The Army has plans to schedule several more brigades and potentially a Division Headquarters for future rotations. Most Soldiers that were activated for the war served an average of 18 months, with 12 months of duty in Iraq. Related to the two overseas wars has been a demand on our Military Police units to guard the enemy Prisoners of War in Cuba. In addition to the direct role in the overseas wars, the National Guard remains the Army's primary force conducting operations in Kosovo, Bosnia, and the Sinai. Just under 6,000 National Guardsmen are there today. What were once active duty missions are now principally missions of the Guard.

There are two other noteworthy events for the Guard's overseas duty. The Army National Guard was given the mission to protect ships in transit to the Persian Gulf, and we also provided 9,000 Soldiers to the Air Force to protect their bases abroad and at home. These unplanned missions simply demonstrate the accessibility, reliability, and capability of the National Guard. Our overseas presence today is supporting missions on five continents, and the future demands a level of commitment similar to previous years. Not since World War II has our call to duty been so great. It is important to note that our total commitment since 9/11 has been a call to federal duty for 175,734 Soldiers. That represents just over 50 percent of our force of 350,000.

Readiness of the Force

Well before the attacks of September 11th, Army National Guard units were being mobilized more frequently. The Total Force Policy in the Army worked. During the Cold War period of our Army, the expectation of readiness for the Reserve Components was to be "generally ready for war." There were plans with TPFDDs and windows of time for expected deployment. The plan was to move to an active duty installation and then provide units with additional equipment and extra training. Since 9/11, that level of readiness and window of time have changed. Today our units are required to deploy at the highest level of readiness, and the time from notification to deployment is sometimes a matter of hours. In 2003, our units did extensive exchanging of Soldiers and equipment as they prepared for war in Iraq. We demonstrated flexibility, but placed unnecessary hardships on our Soldiers in the process. Soldiers went to war with equipment they had not previously trained upon. Thousands went to war with units other than their own. This method of exchanging resources after a unit mobilizes is not conducive to long-term success. Units must be manned, trained, and equipped before they get the call to go to war. Train-Mobilize-Deploy! The Army National Guard's level of readiness in the future should be C1, the highest level. The Army National Guard must modernize when the Army modernizes. We must raise the Full-Time Manning levels to 100 percent of Requirements. Our failure to resource Army National Guard units for any mission will place undue hardship on Soldiers as they go to war.

Medical and Dental Readiness

The Army and the Army National Guard have a vested interest in the care of Soldiers. The Army requires physical fitness prior to deploying to a war. Today's deployment timelines are shorter, and there have been some delays in our ability to respond to war because of the medical readiness of our Soldiers. Most, but not all, Soldiers have medical and dental plans. There are limits on the Army's ability to fix medical shortcomings after the Soldier is mobilized for war. We have experienced medical backlogs at some of the Army's installations responsible for providing medical treatment.

The future of medical readiness rests in providing complete medical evaluations prior to being alerted for war. We envision that each of our State's Joint Force Headquarters provide support in the initial care for Soldiers and refer Soldiers for medical support beyond their capacity.

The National Guard plans to provide periodic physicals to its Soldiers. This will enable our units to transition faster from a state of peace to war. We also envision leveraging the medical capabilities of our communities to offset the shortages in military medical providers. Medical readiness and health care for our Soldiers are key variants to our ability to train, mobilize, and deploy in the fashion of a Minuteman.

Training Soldiers and Growing Leaders

Supporting the Warfighter will be best accomplished by training the force with an integrated training strategy for individuals, leaders, and units through live, virtual, and constructive training.

Throughout 2003, the Army National Guard prepared units and Soldiers for wars and responded to the nation's call for contingency operations. Our units trained at the Army National Guard Training Centers and the Army's Combat Training Centers. They participated in joint exercises and conducted training deployments overseas.

The key to training Brigades is to have them participate in the Brigade Command and Battle Staff training. Five brigades participated in this training in 2003. Seven of the eight Army National Guard divisions participated in the Battle Command Training Program at the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk in Louisiana in 2003.

The Army National Guard is committed to producing the best Soldiers. An excellent training venue is the Army National Guard training centers. These centers train Soldiers, simulate real-world conditions, and provide training enablers for the commanders.

Another way the Army National Guard achieves training excellence is through Distributed Learning. The Army National Guard's emphasis on Distributed Learning reduces the time Soldiers are away from their home stations, eliminates excess travel time and costs, and takes less time than training in a formal school setting. The goal of this program is to maximize training time by providing more local access to training and education at any time and at any location.

The Army National Guard's limited training time, training dollars, and sometimes access to training ranges has generated an increased reliance on low-cost, small-footprint training technologies. We have invested in a virtual training infrastructure to meet or exceed the Army's training requirements. As more missions such as homeland defense and weapons of mass destruction are required of the National Guard, the ability of our forces to respond requires that we are ready at all times. The following new virtual technologies are tools critical to achieving these readiness objectives:

  • Advanced Bradley Full Crew Interactive Skills Trainer

The Bradley Fighting Vehicle, an armored personnel carrier, is the primary weapon system of the U.S. Army Mechanized Infantry, as well as a critical system for the cavalry. The current force structure plans have the Army National Guard providing more than half of the U.S. military's Bradley Fighting Vehicle force. The Army Infantry School approved the Advanced Bradley Full Crew Interactive Skills Trainer as a precision gunnery trainer. This is a low-cost, deployable training system that attaches directly to the Bradley and therefore does not require a simulated vehicle mockup, thereby better preparing the crew for live fire gunnery.

  • Abrams Full Crew Interactive Skills Trainer

The Army National Guard provides 54 percent of the armor force in the U.S. military. This equates to nearly 2,500 Abrams tanks with the vast majority being the M1A1 configuration. The Abrams Full Crew Interactive Skills Trainer is approved by U.S. Army Armor School as a precision gunnery trainer. This, too, is a low-cost, deployable training system that attaches directly to the Abrams tank and therefore does not require a simulated vehicle mockup, thereby better preparing the crew for live fire gunnery.

  • Simulations Network Rehost

In the mid-1980s, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency developed a new concept in simulation training called the Network. The goal of this trainer is to expose mounted combat forces to mock battles in an effort to develop tactical maneuver skills and improve situation awareness of commanders. This program provides a highly cost-effective means of providing basic tactical platoon-level training capability to a highly dispersed force. The Simulations Network units are platoon sets for the Abrams Main Battle Tank and the Bradley Fighting Vehicles. The National Guard's force structure accounts for approximately 50 percent of these mounted combat forces.

  • Table Top Trainers (M1A1 and M2)

The Table Top Trainer program is the linchpin of the National Guard's virtual training strategy. The ammunition and operational tempo cost to train this fleet exceeds $1 billion annually. The virtual training systems have been introduced to offset costs that were even higher in previous years. A single low-fidelity Table Top Trainer can be reconfigured to supply 60 to 70 percent of the associated skills training for Abrams Tanks, Bradley Fighting Vehicles, and Stryker Light Armor Vehicles. The remaining skills tasks can be trained in the available 25 percent training time in the high-fidelity trainers or through live fire events.

Combat Training Centers and National Training Center

In 2003, the Army National Guard sent over 28,000 Soldiers to participate in training at the Army's two Combat Training Centers. This training program cost $23 million but produced the most significant increase to training readiness for those units and Soldiers.

North Carolina's 30th Brigade formed the core of a 34-unit, 15-state task force comprising the 5,545 Army National Guard Soldiers who deployed to the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, California, in May and June 2003. This training rotation was the culminating exercise in an intensive four-year train-up. The North Carolina Joint Force Headquarters formed Task Force Tar Heel that served as the division headquarters throughout the train-up and at the National Training Center. The 30th and North Carolina's Joint Force Headquarters executed wartime mobilization tasks by deploying the entire task force's equipment and personnel from facilities across the country to Fort Irwin's desert environment.

During 2003, additional Engineer, Field Artillery, and Infantry units representing 3,732 Soldiers deployed to the National Training Center in support of Active Component rotations. These units served both as friendly and opposing force units integrated side by side with their active military counterparts. An additional 1,123 Soldiers assigned to Direct Support and General Support Maintenance Companies were sent to Fort Irwin to supplement maintenance and reconstitution operations.

Joint Readiness Training Center

In 2003, the majority of Florida's 53rd Brigade was mobilized and deployed to Iraq. In preparation for this mission, they underwent training at the Joint Readiness Training Center. While there, they supported the training of the 10th Mountain Division, 7th Special Forces Group, and the 3rd Brigade (Stryker), 2nd Infantry Division.

Combined Arms Center

Through the Army National Guard's Battle Command Training Center, the U.S. Army's Combined Arms Center at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, supported the 29th Infantry Division and 49th Armored Division during their Battle Command Training Program rotation in 2003. The training center also conducted twelve Brigade Command and Battle Staff Training Program seminars. Over 15,500 Army National Guard Soldiers participated in these training events.

Force-on-Force Training

The Army National Guard Force-on-Force Training Program supports the readiness of the National Guard's ground combat units. This program simulates battles that are fought using laser-targeting systems to replicate live ammunition. Some 2,080 Soldiers from Army National Guard divisions participated in Force-on-Force events in 2003.

In 2003, Army National Guard brigades participated in Battle Command Training Program staff exchanges, train-up exercises at the Combat Training Centers, and gunnery and divisional artillery training. A total of 30,034 Army National Guard Soldiers, 8 percent of the Army National Guard's endstrength, conducted training at or in association with the Army's training facilities at a cost of approximately $26 million. The payoff of this relationship is obvious. Three of these brigades, the 30th, the 39th, and the 81st were directed to prepare for war in Iraq. They will deploy there early in 2004.

Recruiting and Retention

The Army National Guard ended 2003 with 1,091 Soldiers above its endstrength goal of 350,000, a result of surpassing retention goals and retaining quality Soldiers. Despite the unprecedented challenges at home and abroad, the Army National Guard validated the three-tenet Strength Maintenance philosophy of recruiting, attrition management, and retention. The "Oath to Expiration of Term of Service" philosophy has helped to create a partnership with the units by building greater trust and cooperation between the recruiting force, the full-time support force, and unit leadership. The Army National Guard has developed numerous tools to ensure continued success:

  • Highly successful advertising campaigns and recruiting initiatives that integrate the recruiting and retention force with traditional unit members.
  • Dynamic recruiting and retention programs to highlight the relevance, features, and benefits of Army National Guard service to current and potential Soldiers.
  • Soldier and family member feedback programs that assess unit environments and determine Soldier motivations for joining and remaining in the Army National Guard.
  • Post-mobilization surveys and retention initiatives to facilitate the re-integration of the unit and its members following deployment.
  • Post-mobilization "Freedom Salute" campaign to recognize Soldier, family member, and employer support of extensive overseas deployments.
  • Development of Recruit Sustainment Programs to better prepare new Soldiers for initial active duty training and promote unit strength readiness.
  • Attrition management/retention programs to educate leaders on caring for and mentoring Soldiers in the high operations tempo environment of the Global War on Terror.
  • Resource allocation that optimizes the effectiveness of the Strength Maintenance Philosophy and the teaming of the Recruiting and Retention Force and traditional Army National Guard Soldiers.
     
Selected Reserve Incentives Program
  • Up to $8,000 Enlistment Bonus for Non-Prior Service enlistees

-                     $3,000 for critical skill

-                     $3,000 for non-prior service bonus

-                     $2,000 for Off-Peak ship to training

  • $3,000 Civilian Acquired Skills Program for NPS enlistees
  • $2,500 for a first 3-Year Re-enlistment/Extension Bonus
  • $2,000 for a second 3-Year Re-enlistment/Extension Bonus
  • $2,500 for a first 3-year prior service Enlistment Bonus
  • $2,000 for a second 3-year prior service Enlistment Bonus
  • $50 per month for Affiliation Bonus (72-month maximum)
  • $10,000 Student Loan Repayment Program
  • $50,000 Health Professional Loan Repayment Program

Army National Guard Incentive Programs are currently undergoing review by program managers for potential adjustments to both the monetary amounts and the payment schedules of the various incentives. We believe these improvements are necessary to compensate our Soldiers, who are contributing to our nation's defense and deploying overseas on a continuous rotational basis. Our goal is to retain our Soldiers when they return.

Army National Guard Full-Time Support

Dedicated men and women who provide Full-Time Support to Army National Guard Soldiers are a critical part of the Army National Guard. They enhance readiness by assisting Unit Commanders in managing day-to-day requirements. In recent years, the Army National Guard has begun to expand its Full-Time Support force in order to better serve its Soldiers and the units to which they are assigned. To meet readiness requirements, the Chief of the National Guard Bureau, in concert with the state Adjutants General, has placed increasing Full-Time Support authorizations as one of the top priorities for the Army National Guard.

The National Guard Bureau will place new Full-Time Support manpower into our units or into positions that directly impact unit readiness. An example is the Military Technicians that will be directly placed into organizational maintenance shops. Junior enlisted grades will increase through fiscal year 2012 and will be applied to the unit level to accomplish many of the missions where it is not uncommon to find single Active Guard Reserve Soldiers working today.

Army National Guard Well-Being

The Army National Guard Well-Being Team works in concert with the Active Army and the Reserve as part of a holistic initiative to address various issues affecting Soldiers, families, retirees, veterans, and civilians. The initiative uses various methods to measure success, weakness, or failure in programs that affect the total Army force. Based on the outcomes of these measures, policies and programs are modified or assets are re-allocated to impact the total Army force.

Diversity Initiatives and Equal Opportunity

The Army National Guard Diversity Initiatives Team addresses demographic realities impacting the Army National Guard as a community-based force. The role of women in American society continues to evolve. More positions in the Army National Guard are open to women based on changes in force structure. With the rapid advance in technology and changes in society, diversity also hinges on generational, technical, and cultural differences.

The Army National Guard Equal Opportunity Team proactively addresses team development and cultural exchanges to foster more productive units and Soldiers. Fundamental to the mission of the Army National Guard, the Equal Opportunity Office addresses issues that arise relating to race, color, gender, sexual harassment, national origin, and religion. The Army National Guard is steadfast in maintaining zero tolerance for all forms and types of discrimination. The Army National Guard will guarantee that all are treated with dignity and respect.

Homeland Defense
Domestic Operations

In 2003, the Army National Guard provided 419,463 mandays in 42 states, two territories, and the District of Columbia to state-level emergency support missions. The year began with Tropical Storm Lilli along the Gulf Coast that required 9,835 mandays for cleanup and security. Super-typhoon Pongsona hit Guam and required 18,822 mandays to provide traffic control, water, debris removal, and security.

The Army National Guard provided 318,131 mandays to Key Asset Protection, the most significant category of Emergency Support Missions. The Space Shuttle Columbia disaster demonstrated how quickly the National Guard responds from a "standing start." On the day of the disaster, thousands of Army National Guard Soldiers from five states were on duty, recovering and safeguarding debris. This mission required 18,816 mandays of support.

The Army National Guard also provided support to special events, including assistance to law enforcement for the Super Bowl and the Kentucky Derby. Support to governors in response to Hurricane Isabel ended a busy year.

The Army National Guard routinely performs training missions that simultaneously support and assist our communities. The Innovative Readiness Training Program required 205,000 mandays of support in 2003. Programs included improving schools and parks, building and repairing roads, administering immunizations, and providing medical care to under-served areas.

The California Army National Guard is leading an effort to construct access roads to the U.S.-Mexican border to assist the Border Patrol in dealing with the growing tide of illegal immigrants and narcotics. In Alaska, the Guard is leading a five-year project that will result in a 15-mile road connecting two villages on Annette Island, a trip that currently can only be made by boat. The Army National Guard in Maine, Colorado, Arizona, Illinois, North Carolina, Texas, and Alaska conducted medical training exercises to provide inoculations, physician contacts, dental care, and optometrist services to under-served populations. Innovative Readiness Training projects benefit both the Army National Guard and the communities.

Missile Defense

Defense against ballistic missile attack is a key component of the National Security Strategy in providing for Homeland Security. The National Guard will play a major role in this mission as the force provider for the Ground-based Midcourse Defense system in the initial defensive operations/defensive operations phase per National Security Presidential Directive 23, dated December 16, 2002.

The National Guard received an increase of 100 in Active Guard and Reserve authorizations in the fiscal year 2004 President's Budget request to support this mission. Ground-based Midcourse Missile Defense is a critical element of the Administration's National Security Strategy and defense of the homeland. This program is continually evolving and undergoing refinement.

Continuity of Operations

The National Guard's Continuity of Operations Program was conceptualized in 1988 and took on added importance after September 11, 2001. In support of homeland defense, the Guard is utilizing this program as a means to ensure continuous command and control in case of emergency.

Executive orders, Department of Defense directives, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff directives, and Army Regulations require a Continuity of Operations Program. This protects key leaders; allows for the continuity of essential missions; provides for relocation sites; protects vital records and operating files; and ensures survivability, recoverability, and the ability to reconstitute. The National Guard has taken a three-level approach to achieving this end:

  • The first level is the Headquarters Department of the Army Continuity of Operations Program that provides the active component with the Army National Guard leadership to support the War fight.
  • The second level is the National Guard Continuity of Operations Program that allows both the Army National Guard and the Air National Guard to continue supporting the states and territories in the event of a national disaster.
  • Finally, the National Guard is also providing the platform for the 54 states, territories, and the District of Columbia to develop their own Continuity of Operations Program initiatives to support both homeland defense and the War fight at the state and local level.

The National Guard plans to exercise the Continuity of Operations Program at all three levels to ensure readiness and preparedness for any situation. Ultimately, Continuity of Operations Programs will ensure that no matter the situation, the National Guard will be ready to continue its essential missions.

Transformation for the 21st Century

The Army National Guard is changing. Although our forces continue to meet today's missions, tomorrow's force must be more versatile, ready, and accessible than ever before. They must continue to be capable of full-spectrum operations, but must be better equipped and trained to defend the nation. Future Army National Guard forces must be more interoperable with the Active Component and must be fully capable of operating in a joint or interagency environment. Finally, Guard forces must be postured to support long-term Stability and Support Operations, Peacekeeping Operations, and the missions of the newest Combatant Command, NORTHCOM.

In order to achieve these objectives, the Army National Guard must attract and retain quality Soldiers. We must train and equip them to accomplish the missions of tomorrow.

Force Balance and Restructure

The Department of the Army is revising priorities to better support the National Military Strategy. Under the direction of the Secretary of Defense, the Army is exchanging some formations from the Active Component and the National Guard. These realignments will better align the Army National Guard and the Army in supporting the warfighting and Homeland Defense missions.

Another significant aspect of this force balance analysis is an initiative by the Director of the Army National Guard to reduce the Army National Guard's force structure with its congressionally authorized personnel endstrength. This rebalancing effort will enable the Army National Guard to deploy units within five to 30 days because their readiness will be improved.

The results of force balance adjustments, coupled with the alignment of force structure and personnel endstrength, will allow the Army National Guard to provide divisions, brigade combat teams, and supporting forces that are ready and capable of supporting the full spectrum of military operations required by the National Military Strategy.

High Demand Units

Since 1995, the Army has placed a high demand on the Military Police in the National Guard. Beginning with missions to the Balkans, the rate of work for these units has only increased. Today they are used extensively in the Global War on Terrorism, principally in guarding prisoners. To reduce the stress on Military Police units, we have started to convert Field Artillery units into Military Police. Eighteen additional Military Police units will be organized in the next two years.

Modular Units

The Chief of Staff, Army, has directed a comprehensive reevaluation of the Army's corps, divisions, and brigade structures with the intent of making these units more expeditionary through modular design. Modular units will allow for a "plug and play" capability, which will enable the Army to provide the flexible mix of capabilities needed by the warfighter. The Army National Guard will adapt existing force structure to the new design envisioned by the leadership of the Army. Over the next few years, we will reconfigure existing brigades, including the 15 enhanced Separate Brigades, to the new Brigade Combat Team design. We will have 34 Brigade Combat Teams and 8 Divisional Headquarters that will be designed in an infantry and armored mix identical to the Active Component's. This modular capability will provide a new level of flexibility to our organizations as they support the full spectrum of military operations. Distribution of new capabilities will be equitable across the states.

Force Modernization

The Army's highest priority remains maintaining warfighting readiness. In support of this priority, the Army National Guard is pursuing a modernization strategy that will provide the nation with compatible, interoperable, and strategically relevant forces well into the future.

In the near term, we will ensure our Soldiers are equipped with essential force protection items such as the latest body armor with Small Arms Protective Insert plates for the outer tactical vests, the latest Night Vision Devices, and small arms. To enhance near-term readiness, the Army National Guard will focus on Army procurement of the Black Hawk utility helicopter, High-Mobility Multi-Purpose Wheeled Vehicles, Single-Channel Ground and Airborne Radios, Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles, and M-22 Automatic Chemical Detector Alarm.

In the midterm, the Army National Guard will ensure the Army earmarks sufficient funding to refurbish or recapitalize its current forces to ensure fleets viability over the next several decades and for future readiness and relevance. The Army National Guard will focus on Current Force systems to include our primary aircraft, the Black Hawk, CH-47 Chinook, and the Apache; the M1A1 Abrams Main Battle Tank; M2A2 Bradley Fighting Vehicle; M109A6 Paladin Howitzer; Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Trucks; and the 5-ton truck fleet. The Army National Guard will continue working with the Army to ensure program managers bring systems cascaded to the Army National Guard's Divisional and Corps troop units up to the required standard.

Army National Guard Aviation Modernization & Transformation

Throughout 2003, the focus of the Army National Guard aviation modernization and transformation efforts was directed toward completion of sweeping changes to unit organizational designs. Accompanying these widespread conversions to the Army Aviation Transformation designs was the continued turn-in of obsolete UH-1H/V "Huey" (Iroquois) and OH-58A/C Kiowa series aircraft, and the fielding of the additional modern UH-60A/L Black Hawk and AH-64A/D Apache series aircraft. Unfortunately, while the Army National Guard net inventory of modernized aircraft increased by 8 Black Hawk and 17 Apache aircraft during fiscal year 2003, the resulting Army National Guard levels for these aircraft did not meet Army goals. In addition, most of the supporting or corrective actions scheduled and funded for 2003, such as increased quantities of special tools and spare parts, were effectively negated by the increased requirements for contingency operations in Afghanistan and Iraq. Based upon current projections, it is uncertain whether the originally scheduled fiscal year 2002 figures for the Black Hawk and Apache inventory in the Army National Guard will be reached by end of fiscal year 2004. Army fixed-wing aviation modernization efforts are underway to replace the Army National Guard's C-23 Sherpa cargo aircraft with a more robust and capable airplane.

Information Operations

Army National Guard Information Operations Field Support Teams assist the Brigade, Division, Corps, Joint Task Force, and Combatant Commanders in integrating full-spectrum offensive and defensive information operations, planning, execution, and assessment into their operations. Additionally, Army National Guard full-spectrum Information Operation Vulnerability Assessment Teams, Computer Emergency Response Teams, and Joint Web Risk Assessment Cells contribute to national and homeland security through the protection of information infrastructure. The teams deploy domestically and globally to provide their specialized service to the Combatant Commanders.

In fiscal year 2003, the Army National Guard's Information Operations program continued to develop technically and tactically focused units that supported the warfighting commanders and provided protection of the nation's critical information infrastructure across the operational continuum. During the same period, the Army National Guard Information Operations section for the Pennsylvania Guard's 28th Infantry Division and Minnesota's 34th Infantry Division deployed in support of peacekeeping operations in Bosnia and Kosovo. Seven Information Operations Field Support Teams and one Computer Emergency Response Team were mobilized in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. The Army National Guard Information Operations program also provided operational support to all major commands and several Army divisions.

This program has trained over 2,400 Reserve and Active Component Soldiers since fiscal year 2000. The program is scheduled to expand its training capability, doubling its capacity in fiscal year 2004.

Logistics and Equipment

The Army National Guard is deployed all over the world in support of the Global War on Terrorism and operations taking place in Afghanistan and Iraq. Army National Guard personnel, in many cases, train on and use older generation equipment to help support these critical operations. This equipment is far behind the current technologies, making much of what is used by the National Guard incompatible with current Army equipment. And in many cases this older equipment is more expensive to operate and maintain. An additional challenge is that operational costs of older equipment are higher than the new versions due to increased failure rates and decreased availability of spare parts.

The Army National Guard has faced modernization challenges in previous years for such systems as the High-Mobility Multi-Purpose Wheeled Vehicles, Single-Channel Ground and Airborne Radios, chemical and biological detection equipment, and Night Vision Devices. Many of these challenges have had an adverse impact on units preparing for overseas deployment.

The Army National Guard is making significant progress in modernizing its heavy force and bridging its equipment to the digital force. Emerging technologies will dramatically lower the logistics impacts of these systems and substantially reduce repair times, increase operational readiness rates, and eliminate obsolete and unsustainable test equipment. This will allow the Army National Guard to operate its heavy equipment at a higher operational rate while reducing the overall costs for these systems.

Equipment Modernization Challenges in the Army National Guard
  • High-Mobility Multi-Purpose Wheeled Vehicles
  • Single-Channel Ground and Airborne Radios
  • Chemical and biological detection equipment
  • Night Vision Devices

The Army National Guard currently has a significant portion of the Army's maintenance infrastructure. This Cold War vestige is too expensive and redundant. Under the Army's new maintenance strategy, the Guard and other Army elements are transforming their maintenance capabilities from a four-level system to a two-level system. This two-level maintenance system will cut redundancy in the system and allow Army maintenance personnel to more efficiently diagnose and maintain equipment at the forward level.

Another focus area for the Army National Guard is the agility and flexibility provided as a full partner in the Army Acquisition Community. Whether it is grooming expert contingency contracting personnel, facilitating Rapid Fielding activities, and/or participating in major Army Program/Project Executive Offices, Army National Guard Acquisition professionals are engaged in depth. The Army National Guard is aggressively analyzing the task organization of Contingency Support Contracting Teams. The members of these teams, task-organized from the existing Modified Table of Organization and Equipment structure, are identified and trained in advance to support specific deployment requirements, giving deploying commanders the flexibility necessary to accomplish their missions without relying on supporting unit assistance.

Environmental Programs

Training the best force in the world requires the world's best training areas. The Army National Guard's environmental programs support the war­fighter and homeland defense by sustaining healthy training lands. By reducing training restrictions, the Army National Guard is able to be a good steward of the land it uses, while operating top training facilities. The first Army Compatible Use Buffer under Title 10, U.S. Code 2684A was recently implemented at Camp Blanding, Florida. Within the designated buffer, and in collaboration with other agencies, the National Guard has formed land-use agreements to ensure land-use is compatible with military operations.

In addition, Integrated Natural Resource Management Plans will now be used in lieu of critical habitat designation to ensure training lands will continue to be used for training while simultaneously protecting habitat. Also, the Army National Guard has instituted restoration programs to clean and restore contaminated sites. Initiatives at seven sites were recently completed and efforts at five additional sites will be conducted through fiscal year 2005.

The Army National Guard is also improving its business practices as they relate to the environment. Environmental program management will be improved through the implementation of mission-focused Environmental Management Systems. The Army National Guard will change its environmental program from one of compliance to one that is proactive and oriented toward the strategic goal of sustainable installations. This will enhance the ability of warfighting units while minimizing environmental impacts. Our organization is utilizing tools such as the Environmental Performance Assessment System's Compliance Site Inventory, a web-based module that allows environmental managers to track, manage, and query a wide array of compliance data. Recent program developments include a series of protocols to assess the progress of the Environmental Management Systems.

A top priority for the Army National Guard is preparation for fiscal year 2005 base realignment and closure actions and the effect these will have on the environment. The Army National Guard expects to have a complete inventory of training lands by 2006 through its Geographic Information System program. These technologies are critical to the battlefield intelligence component of transformation.

Part of the Joint Force

During the past year, the Chief of the National Guard Bureau directed the most profound organizational change to the National Guard since the end of World War II. The heart of this transformation effort was to combine the separate Army and Air National Guard Headquarters that existed in each state and territory into a Joint Force Headquarters, State. The vision was to make the National Guard more responsive to regional Combatant Commanders and better enable the Guard to defend the nation as part of the Joint Team.

The Army National Guard is capable of fighting as part of the Joint Team. Today, operations in both peace and war are conducted by Joint Forces. Army National Guard leaders must be trained and capable of operating in a joint environment.

To ensure that its leaders are capable of this, the Army National Guard is developing the means to expose them to joint operations at various stages in their careers, and facilitate the opportunity for them to receive Joint Professional Military Education. These opportunities and experiences with the realities of joint operations will better assure prepared leadership in the Army National Guard.

Predictability for Our Soldiers

The National Guard has manned units from local communities since the first muster in the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1636. The National Guard is a community-based force where a Soldier may spend an entire career in the same battalion, company, battery, or troop. This provides for unit cohesion, stability, continuity, and the bonds of camaraderie that come from shared hardships and experiences.

Although we remain a "Minuteman" force, predictability is an important factor in retaining our Citizen-Soldier. Since 1996, our force has been consistently called to federal active duty. Our Soldiers have and will continue to muster for any mission in the fine tradition of the National Guard. However, the Global War on Terrorism is projected to last several years. Feedback from the Soldiers, their families, and their employers is consistent: they simply wish to know when they are needed and for how long. Soldiers are asking for predictability. When possible, mobilizations and deployments should be forecasted in advance, potentially years ahead of a unit's deployment. The Army National Guard is working towards instituting a Predictable Deployment Cycle that will provide units a forecast on overseas deployments. This predictable cycle looks at using a unit only one time in a six-year period. This is a benchmark. While the National Guard stands ready for any mission at any time, this concept will help alleviate the magnitude of the unknown.

Home Station Mobilization

Home Station Mobilization is a National Guard initiative that empowers the Joint Force Headquarters, State, with greater responsibilities for the mobilization of units deploying to war. The Joint Force Headquarters, State, assume responsibility for all mobilization processing activities that are currently done at active duty installations. This expedites the mobilization of the National Guard and their employment into theaters of operation. Improved efficiencies in mobilization allow the Army to maximize the operational capability of the force. Three units successfully conducted Home Station Mobilization and demobilization in fiscal year 2003.

Strategic Readiness System

The Army National Guard implemented the Strategic Readiness System in 2003 to more accurately capture unit readiness. This is an integrated strategic management and measurement system that ensures that all levels of the Army recognize and align their operations to the vision, objectives, and initiatives of the Army Plan. It measures each element's success in achieving these goals. The Strategic Readiness System has assisted Army transformation by changing the way the Army National Guard approaches and reports readiness data.

Personnel and Human Resources

Continuing Army National Guard participation in the Department of Defense Personnel Transformation includes immediate movement towards the implementation of the Defense Integrated Military Human Resources System during 2005-2006. This human resource system aligns the Army National Guard with a Defense vision and goal of a Joint Service integrated personnel and pay system. It will provide support throughout the life cycle of a service member's career. Development and implementation are proceeding under the direction of the Undersecretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness in coordination with all services and components. This human resource system will streamline the Guardsman transition from a non-federal to federal active duty status.

The Army National Guard's Permanent Electronic Records Management System is a web-based system utilizing digital imagery to store and retrieve personnel records. Its importance lies in its seamless records management capability throughout the Army, enhancing both mobilization and personnel readiness.

By consolidating the administrative operation of human resources in one place, the Permanent Electronic Records Management System allows personnel records to follow a Soldier regardless of component. Army National Guard enlisted records, currently in hard copy, will be converted to an electronic form in fiscal years 2004 and 2005. It will also adopt an Automated Selection Board System to support and improve the process under which information and votes regarding personnel actions are processed by military personnel boards.

Moving from a paper system to a digital system is a time-consuming process. However, once the Automated Selection Board System is adopted, it will save the Army National Guard more than $150,000 per year in microfiche production and postage costs. This system is essential to achieve and fully support Personnel Transformation and programmed for fielding in fiscal year 2005.

Conclusion

The Army National Guard remains a unique capability with its State and Federal mission. As a community-based force, we are entrusted with the responsibility to protect our citizens' liberties and our nation's freedoms. Army National Guardsmen have a warrior's ethos and a loyalty to respond to any Governor or Presidential call to duty.

Our Soldiers have been called upon more than ever to provide security to our nation. We are a ready and relevant force, but we will continue to raise our readiness level to C1, the highest level. We are committed to obtain the necessary resources in the areas of modernization, training, and equipping. Our Soldiers will not reach their fullest potential readiness with outdated equipment, limited health care, and unpredictable deployment cycles. In all areas, however, we remain dedicated to using our resources efficiently and prudently.

The Army National Guard continues its transformation into a leaner, more agile and ready force. As the Army National Guard continues to operate in concert with the U.S. Army, it will fight wars and ensure the safety and well-being of the American people.

Overview

What an incredible year this has been for the nation and the Air National Guard. We've continued to make great strides in securing peace for the nation in the Global War on Terrorism. We have validated everything we've said about our capabilities: we train to fight and can accomplish the mission professionally and, most importantly, bring the will of the American people to the conflict.

Our contributions over the past two years and specifically in Operation Iraqi Freedom have been tremendous. Since September 11th, we've mobilized over 36,000 members and have flown over 111,000 sorties for over 340,000 hours. One-third of the Air Force aircraft in Operation Iraqi Freedom was from the Air Guard. We flew 100 percent of the Operation Enduring Freedom A-10 missions and 66 percent of the Iraqi Freedom A-10 taskings. We accomplished 45 percent of the F-16 taskings. The A-10s flew more combat missions in the Iraqi war than any other weapon system. Thanks to our innovative culture, we modernized A-10 and F-16 Block 52 aircraft with LITENING II targeting pods in just three months, giving them precision guided munitions capability. Because of this capability, we were 100 percent successful in stopping SCUD missile launches in the Western Iraqi desert.

We flew 86 percent of the Operation Iraqi Freedom tanker sorties. We accomplished this primarily through the Northeast Tanker Task Force which was operating within 24 hours of initial call from Air Mobility Command. In line with our militia spirit, that task force was initially manned through volunteerism. A total of 18 units supported it; 15 were from the Air Guard.

Iraqi Freedom was also the first employment of the integrated 116th Air Control Wing flying with the Joint Surveillance and Target Attack Radar System (JSTARS). Wing leadership and the Guard and Active crews worked together superbly. While there is still work to do to fix some administrative issues, we have validated the concept of blended or integrated units.

Our Expeditionary Combat Support has been providing outstanding service to the warfighter. Air National Guard maintenance quickly rewired our A-10s and F-16s with LITENING II in minimum time. They've kept our aircraft flying despite the challenging operating conditions.

Security Forces personnel were mobilized for two years and have provided an incredible service. It was Air National Guard Security Forces that were the first Security Forces on the ground in Iraq. Intelligence personnel have been providing unique capabilities for Central Command and organizational support for the U-2, Predator, and Global Hawk. Medical personnel have been utilizing the new Expeditionary Medical Service capability, providing critical care to the warfighter. Civil Engineers built bare bases out of the desert and trained Iraqi firefighters while Weather personnel worldwide provided over 50 percent of the Army's weather support. Financial Management personnel have been diligently working to keep benefits flowing to our members despite complex systems. Air National Guard Command, Control, Communications and Computer personnel have kept vital information flowing on one end of the spectrum and provided Ground Theater Air Control System Personnel on the other. Our chaplains, too, have been providing outstanding spiritual aid out in the field. We have been able to participate at these levels because we provide Expeditionary and Homeland Defense capabilities that are relevant to the nation.

Today as we look toward our future relevancy, as indispensable and equal Total Force partners, we have to be prepared to transform with the Total Force. We are now in a position to make the decisions that will influence our next evolution. transforming the Air National Guard. We are fully committed to the transformation of the National Guard Bureau and Joint State Headquarters.

Some of today's capabilities may not be required in the future. The future Air Force will rely heavily on technological advances in space, command and control, intelligence and reconnaissance systems, information warfare, unmanned aerial vehicles, and the ability to conduct high volume and highly accurate attacks with significantly fewer platforms. For the Air Guard to remain Total Force partners, we have carved out our own strategy in those areas and will explore new organizational constructs. Among those constructs are various forms of integrated units where we can combine individual units with other Air Guard units or with another service component. We have to expand our capabilities as joint warfighters and make the necessary changes to integrate seamlessly into the joint warfighting force. To remain relevant we must continue to listen to the messages that are being sent today.

The "VANGUARD" Engagement Strategy is our vision for transforming the Air National Guard to remain "out in front" as the Department of Defense addresses current realities and plans for an uncertain future. Our Air National Guard of tomorrow will be molded by our transformational approach and actions of today. The Engagement Strategy highlights several Transformation Focus Areas where we can concentrate our continuing transformational efforts.

We must continue to lean on the strengths of our people, core values, core competencies, community connections and unique culture while participating in Air Force and Department of Defense Transformation, Jointness and Capabilities-Based Relevance.

 Now is the time for us to lead the way by considering, selecting and implementing new concepts and missions that leverage our unique strengths to improve Total Force capabilities in support of Expeditionary roles and defense of the homeland. This can only be accomplished by involving all Air National Guard stakeholders, working toward a common goal. enhanced future relevance for the entire Air National Guard. Vanguard seeks the optimum synergy resulting from melding the right concepts and missions at the right times and places for the right reasons without jeopardizing our core values and historic traditional militia heritage and culture.

By together addressing the complex issues that face us, we will keep the Air National Guard "Ready, Reliable, Relevant-Needed Now and in the Future."

Support the War Fight

In the continuing tradition of the Citizen-Airmen, members of the Air National Guard have been contributing to the Global War on Terrorism across the full spectrum of operations. During the peak of Operation Iraqi Freedom, we had over 22,000 members mobilized or on volunteer status supporting the Global War on Terrorism worldwide. In Operation Iraqi Freedom we flew 43 percent of the fighter sorties, 86 percent of the tanker sorties and 39 percent of the airlift sorties. At the same time we were flying almost 25 percent of the Operation Enduring Freedom fighter sorties and over 20 percent of the tanker sorties. True to our heritage, Air National Guard members were hard at work protecting our shores at home by flying over 70 percent of the fighter sorties, over 50 percent of the tanker sorties and 35 percent of the airlift sorties.

But our capabilities do not reside only in aircraft; 15 percent of our expeditionary combat support were engaged during this same period. This includes 60 percent of Security Forces, many of whom were mobilized for the longest duration. Additionally, about 25 percent of our Intelligence, Services and Weather personnel were mobilized.

Air National Guard men and women are proud to defend and protect our nation at home and abroad. Often, however, support equipment requirements overseas necessitate that equipment remain in place, causing a shortage of equipment for training at home. We are working with Air Force and Defense Department leaders to develop a solution.

Medical Service Transformation-Expeditionary Combat Support, Homeland Defense, and Wing Support

In 2002, the Air National Guard's Surgeon General led the Air National Guard Medical Service through its most revolutionary transformation in history by reconfiguring its medical capabilities into Expeditionary Medical Support systems. These systems provide highly mobile, integrated and multifunctional medical response capabilities. They are the lightest, leanest and most rapidly deployable medical platforms available to the Air National Guard today. This system is capable of simultaneously providing Expeditionary Combat Support to the warfighter for Air and Space Expeditionary Force missions, Homeland Defense emergency response capabilities to the states and support to the Air National Guard Wings.

During Operation Iraqi Freedom, Air National Guard medical units provided Expeditionary Combat Support to the warfighter. The Expeditionary Medical Support capability allowed 10 percent of Air National Guard medical unit personnel to deploy for Operation Iraqi Freedom, compared to only 3 percent in the early 1990s for deployments for Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. The United States Central Command has validated that the Expeditionary Medical Support system is a perfect fit for the Chief of Staff, U.S. Air Force Global Strike Task Force and Concept of Operations.

Homeland Defense capabilities are provided by the Expeditionary Medical Support system through its Military Support to Civil Authorities. The Air National Guard Medical Service plays a vital role in the development and implementation of the National Guard's Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and High-Yield Explosive Enhanced Response Force Package. This package will provide support to state and local emergency responders and improve Weapons of Mass Destruction response capabilities in support of the Civil Support Teams. The Air National Guard will have 12 trained teams by late 2004 and will build toward an anticipated 54 teams by 2007. The Air Combat Command Surgeon General has committed to providing 39 mass decontamination equipment sets to 39 Wings for installation-to-installation support, which will ensure that the Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and High-Yield Explosive Enhanced Response Force package's decontamination teams remain trained. The National Guard's short-term objective is to obtain 10 Small Portable Expeditionary Aerospace Rapid Response equipment sets, one for each Federal Emergency Management Agency Region.

The Air National Guard Medical Service's new Force Structure provided by the Expeditionary Medical Support system provides standardized and much improved Force Health Protection, Public Health, Agent Detection, and Health Surveillance capabilities to better support all Air National Guard Wings. This will enhance the protection of the Wings' resources and improve the medical readiness of its personnel.

Thus the modular "building block" capability of Expeditionary Medical Support provides an advanced technology and an essential, tailored medical capability in a small forward footprint expandable to meet situational needs.

The Air National Guard Surgeon General has pursued and will continue to develop the Air National Guard Medical Service's technology and modernization plans to support the warfighter's, state's, and Wing's requirements.

Eyes and Ears in the Sky: Air National Guard Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Systems and Support

The Air National Guard's Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance personnel and systems play an increasingly important role in the defense of our nation. Air National Guard men and women are essential to Air Force tasking, processing, exploitation, and dissemination missions to support Global Hawk, Predator, and U-2 collection missions.

Due to a significant increase in Air Force mission requirements, the Air National Guard continues to expand its intelligence collection and production capability. The Air National Guard has also expanded its imagery intelligence capability through the use of Eagle Vision, which is a deployable commercial imagery downlink and exploitation system. This system provides valuable support to aircrew mission planning and targeting, as well as imagery support to natural disasters and terrorism.

Other developing Air Force capabilities that are entrusted to the Air National Guard include the F-16 Theater Airborne Reconnaissance System and the C-130 SCATHE VIEW tactical imagery collection system. The Theater Airborne Reconnaissance System will be improved to provide near-real-time support to warfighter "kill-chain" operations in day-night, all weather conditions. SCATHE VIEW provides a near-real-time imaging capability to support humanitarian relief and non-combatant evacuation operations. To support signal intelligence collection requirements, the Air National Guard continues to aggressively upgrade the SENIOR SCOUT platform. SENIOR SCOUT remains the primary collection asset to support the nation's war on drugs and the Global War on Terrorism in the Southern Hemisphere. Finally, the Air National Guard established a new unit to support RC/OC/WC-135 flying operations at Offutt AFB, Nebraska. This unique future Total Force organizational construct is transformational and serves as a successful example for future operationally integrated units. The Air National Guard is transforming its force structure to meet escalating Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance mission requirements and an ever-increasing demand for Air Guard capabilities.

Managing Force Finances

Financial Management experienced an unprecedented deployment tempo during 2003. For the first time ever, an Air National Guard Comptroller was assigned exclusive command and fiduciary responsibility for the establishment and sustainment of financial operations in direct support of combat missions. The challenge was to create a financial infrastructure from scratch. This Comptroller and subordinate staff of 5 Air National Guard financial management professionals "financed the fight" with distinction.

As locations overseas were vacated, our financial management expertise was noticeably acknowledged. Our finance personnel were specifically chosen and assigned the significant responsibility for final reconciliation and settlement of accounts. The importance of departing the local economy with balanced books and completely liquidated fiscal obligations cannot be understated. The Air Guard delivered remarkable stewardship in this demanding role.

The Operational Tempo at home generated another Financial Management "first". One hundred seventy-six Air National Guard finance personnel were mobilized as part of an innovative home station support package. This was a transformational approach to the surge in processing workload that tripled as hundreds of Airmen at each unit were called to duty and follow-on overseas deployment.

The Air National Guard: Using the Stars to Serve the Community

For the Air Guard, Space Operations provide a critical communications link to communities throughout the nation in the form of satellite support for everyday uses, television, computers, and wireless phones, but also serve as an important military deterrence from external threats. Currently, the 137th Space Warning Squadron in Colorado provides mobile survivable and endurable missile warning capability to U.S. Strategic Command. Recently, two Air National Guard units in Wyoming and California have come out of conversion to provide operational command and control support to Northern Command and to provide round-the-clock support to the Milstar satellite constellation.

Additionally, the Air Force has approved space missions for the 119th Command and Control Squadron in Tennessee to support the U.S. Strategic Command, and the 114th Range Flight in Florida is partnered with an active Air Force unit performing the Launch Range safety mission. There are future plans by the Air Force to transition additional space program missions and assets in Alaska and other states to Air National Guard control.

Comprehensive and Realistic Combat Training-An Asymmetric Advantage

The National Guard Bureau has a fundamental responsibility to ensure that the men and women of the Air Guard are properly trained to meet the challenges they will face to protect and defend this country. This can be done through the effective development and management of special use airspace and ranges. To support this requirement of the warfighter, the Air Guard is responsible for 14 air-to-ground bombing ranges, four Combat Readiness Training Centers, and the Air Guard Special Use Airspace infrastructure.

To ensure that our units remain ready and relevant, they must have access to adequate training airspace and ranges that meet the demands of evolving operational requirements. The National and Regional Airspace and Range Councils, co-chaired by both the Air Guard and the Air Force, continue to identify and work airspace and range issues that affect combat capability and are engaged with the Federal Aviation Administration in the redesign of the National Airspace System.

Transformation efforts to improve realistic training at our ranges have been identified by several units as instrumental in preparation for Operation Iraqi Freedom. For example, the recently deployed Joint Modular Ground Targets, Urban Area Targets and Time Sensitive Targets provide training that reflects today's combat realities. Ranges are being equipped with modernized scoring and instrumentation and data-link equipment necessary to support precision-guided weapons training. Critical training is provided to ground Forward Air Controllers as well as aircrews. Range residual cleanup and associated environmental issues remain a major challenge.

The four Combat Readiness Training Centers provide an integrated, year-round, realistic training environment (airspace, ranges, systems, facilities, and equipment), which enables military units to enhance their combat capability at a deployed, combat-oriented operating base and provide training opportunities that cannot be effectively accomplished at the home station. As such, these centers are ideal assets for the Joint National Training Capability. The centers offer an effective mix of live, virtual and constructive simulation training. The Air National Guard continues to pursue National Training Capability certification for these centers and ranges.

It is imperative to the warfighter that the Air Guard maintain its training superiority. As the warfighting transformation and joint operational requirements evolve, it is essential that the airspace and range infrastructure be available to support that training.

Homeland Defense
Air Sovereignty Alert

Since September 11, 2001, thousands of National Guardsmen have been mobilized to operate alert sites and alert support sites for Operation Noble Eagle (ONE) in support of Homeland Defense. Our Air National Guard has partnered with Active Duty and Reserve forces to provide Combat Air Patrol, random patrols, and aircraft intercept protection for large cities and high-valued assets in response to the increased threat of terrorist groups. By the end of fiscal year 2003, Air National Guard units had assumed 16 of 16 North American Air Defense and Northern Command-directed ground alert sites in the Continental United States and 1 of 2 alert site locations outside the United States. While the Air National Guard has assumed the responsibility of all ground alert sites and some irregular Combat Air Patrol periods, Active Duty units have shouldered the burden of all regular "steady-state" Combat Air Patrols. This partnering agreement maximizes our nation's current basing locations and capitalizes on the high experience levels within the Air National Guard and its professional history in Air Defense operations.

To continue operations at this indefinite pace has posed some unique funding and manning challenges for both the field and headquarters staffs, especially with the looming two-year mobilization limitation and Secretary of Defense's desire to normalize operations. Beginning mid-November 2003, many Air National Guard personnel began to reach their two years on active duty, causing much concern as to the participation of Air National Guard personnel. With the release of the fiscal year 2004 President's Budget, the Air National Guard received temporary funds to begin transitioning from a mobilized to a "steady state" force for fiscal years 2004 and 2005. This funding allowed for supporting the ASA mission in a new Continuum of Service active duty or technician status while at the same time it funded many of our facilities, equipment, and MILCON requirements to support the mission long-term. Our goal is to have all alert personnel transitioned from contingency/mobilized to "steady state" Continuum of Service status by March of 2004. As we move into the fiscal year 2006 Program Objective Memoranda exercise, the active Air Force and Air National Guard will continue to work towards a permanent solution for our alert force and advocate with the Office of the Secretary of Defense to incorporate these temporary Continuum of Service tours into steady state programs.

Transformation for the 21st Century
Supporting a "Capabilities Based" Military Force

The Air National Guard is a solid partner with the Air Force, the Air Force Reserve, and all collective units of the Department of Defense designed to protect national security and maintain international peace. The Defense Department's priority is Transformation. and therefore it is the priority of the active services and the reserve components. Transformation as "relevancy" is dependent on the Air National Guard readiness, in both state and federal missions, being able to support service-apportioned, Joint Chiefs-validated, and Combatant Commander-required "­capabilities."

The Air Force is pursuing innovative organizational constructs and personnel policies to meld the various components into a single, unified force. Ongoing shifts in global conflict and U.S. strategy suggest an increasing attention to activities such as homeland defense, nation-building, and others that may require different mixes of capability that are not necessarily resident at sufficient levels in the Active Component alone. This "Future Total Force" integration will create efficiencies, cut costs, ensure stability, retain invaluable human capital, and, above all, increase our combat capabilities. One example of this transformational initiative is the proposed movement of Air National Guard manpower to Langley AFB, an active duty base, from Richmond, an Air National Guard base, with the intent of leveraging the high experience of Guard personnel to improve the combat capability for the active force.

Another transformation effort is to "integrate," where sensible, units from two or more components into a single Wing with a single commander. Active, Guard, and Reserve personnel share the same facilities and equipment, and together, execute the same mission. This is a level of integration unprecedented in any of the Services.

Potential future missions might include Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and their training programs, combining the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle squadrons with their manned fighter counterparts; and integrated fighter squadrons realizing the benefits of highly trained personnel flying legacy systems during the transition period to newer fighter aircraft such as the Joint Strike Fighter. The Air National Guard has been steadily increasing its participation in space operations over the years and already plays a vital role in missile warning, satellite command and control, and launch operations. These contributions will be significant during conflicts envisioned for the future.

These changes confirm and continue the trend in which air and space forces carry a heavier share of the burden in the nation's wars. The new strategy and force-sizing standard point to an increase, not a decrease, in aerospace power.

Modernizing for the Future

The Air National Guard modernization program is a capabilities-based effort to keep the forces in the field relevant, reliable and ready for any missions tasked by the state or federal authorities. As a framework for prioritization, the modernization program is segmented into three time frames: short-term, the current and next year's Defense budget; medium-term, out to fiscal year 2015; and long-term, out to fiscal year 2025 and beyond.

As the force structure continues to evolve, the Air Guard can anticipate a continuous process to ensure the forces provide an equivalent capability for Joint and Coalition Forces. The Air National Guard remains an equal partner with the Air and Space Expeditionary Forces that are tasked to meet the future challenges and missions. Because of budget constraints, it is incumbent upon the Air Guard to maximize combat capability for every dollar spent. The Air National Guard includes all aircraft, ground command and control systems, and training and simulation systems in this modernization effort. The requirements necessary to focus this effort must be grounded in clearly defined combat capabilities and missions. The foundation of our future efforts is relevance with reliability and readiness. It is increasingly difficult to keep the Air National Guard legacy systems relevant given the transformation of the Air Force to better, more effective technologies. Systems funding will be a continuous and serious challenge since funding levels continue to fall short of mission requirements. Over the foreseeable future, the Air Force will be stretched to simultaneously fund current operations, modernization, and future research and development projects.

In the near-term, our Modernization Program focuses on the ongoing Global War on Terrorism. Theaters of operations range from domestic efforts, such as fire-fighting, to full partners in overseas efforts, such as Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. The demands of the modern battlefield require the Air Guard weapons systems and crews to have identical or equivalent capability as the joint and coalition forces. The results of the modernization program were graphically demonstrated in both Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom as the Block 25/30/32 F-16s, with their laser designator  LITENING II targeting pods, the Enhanced Position Reporting System and Situation Awareness data links became the weapons system of choice for the combatant commanders in both theaters. Once air supremacy was achieved, the Air National Guard, Air Force Reserve Command and active A-10 aircraft became the primary choice in both theaters. We fully expect that future threats will continue to evolve which will require continued modernization across all weapons systems.

Here is a summary of the Air National Guard's force posture by weapons system:

The A-10 demonstrated its continued relevance in today's battlefield as the Warthog was the dominant weapon when coalition forces raced for Baghdad during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Rapid integration and installation of the  LITENING II laser targeting pod in only a few days and subsequent spectacular precision attacks served as a model for the future of the A-10. Several other limitations were identified to include the need to modernize the aircraft infrastructure through the Precision Engagement program. One particular limitation was the lack of a tactical data link. The leading candidate in the near-term is the Joint Tactical Radio System, with installation scheduled to begin in fiscal year 2005. During 2003, the A-10 modernization program experienced, increased emphasis including an aircraft modification to house the personal locator system, further research into an adequate engine replacement, continued testing of the AN/ALR 69 Radar Warning Receiver, continued COMET infrared countermeasures pod testing, continued acquisition of targeting pods for precision guided munitions, and further work for the Precision Engagement program to upgrade the aircraft avionics continued development and integration.

During 2003, the Air Guard F-16s provided crucial combat capabilities in Operation Noble Eagle, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom by using advanced targeting pods funded by the Air National Guard's Modernization Program for precision-guided munitions. The Commercial Central Interface Unit, Color Multifunctional Displays, the Heads Up Display Advanced Electrical Unit, the Radar Modernized Programmable Signal Processor, the AN/ALR-69 Radar Warning Receiver Antenna Optimization, Situational Awareness Data Link and the Electronic Attack Upgrade were all part of our successful modernization effort. Funding for the Advanced Identify Friend or Foe upgrade was secured along with funding for the final engine upgrade kits. The Theater Airborne Reconnaissance System continued its spiral development to bolster the manned tactical reconnaissance limitation identified by the combatant commanders in every after-action report.

The HC-130 is completing installation of the Forward Looking Infrared system, an essential capability during combat rescue operations. The HC-130 starts integration and installation of the Large Aircraft Infrared Counter Measure system, increasing survivability in face of the ever-increasing threat from hand-held missiles.

The HH-60 program started installation of the new M3M .50 caliber door gun, replaced personal equipment for the pararescue jumpers with state-of-the-art weapons and technologies. The initiation of the HH-60 replacement program will begin to slow any further modernization.

The Operational Support Aircraft Modernization Program leased two 737 Boeing Business Jets that are supporting current VIP Special Air and Joint Operational Support Airlift operations to improve response for civilian and military senior leaders. A third aircraft will receive full modifications and begin service as the C-40C in September 2004.

The training and simulation systems ensure the personnel on the front line are as ready and relevant as the equipment they use. Over the past year, the Air National Guard has begun the transition to the Distributed Mission Operations capability leveraging 21st century technology with realistic simulation. Useful at every level of training, crews acknowledged the edge they gained through mission rehearsal on the ground prior to some of the more complex missions. Starting with the A-10 and F-16 distributed mission training capable flight simulators, the Air National Guard has begun to transform their approach to combat training. The modernization of the F-15 includes the continued installation of the BOL Infrared countermeasures improvements system, continued delivery of upgraded engine kits and completion of the installation of the Multifunctional Information Distribution System Fighter Data Link. The next upgrades include the installation of the new 8 mm recorders, retrofit of a permanent night vision cockpit lighting system, continued integration and purchase of the Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing System, and the delivery of the replacement Identify Friend or Foe system. The conversion from the F-15A/B to F-15C/D begins in fiscal year 2005, thereby extending the relevance of the air superiority forces in the Air National Guard.

C-130 enhancements included the multi-command Avionics Modernization Program which upgraded nearly 500 aircraft to a modern, more sustainable cockpit. Additionally, the Air National Guard continued acquisition of the AN/APN-241 Low Power Color Radar, continued installation of the Night Vision Imaging System, and the Air National Guard-driven development of Scathe View to include various technological spin-offs having application in a myriad of civilian and military efforts. Other Air Guard programs include the AN/AAQ-24 (V) Directional Infrared Counter­measures System, propeller upgrades like the Electronic Propeller Control System and NP2000 eight-bladed propeller, and a second generation, upgraded Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System. Additionally, the Air National Guard partnered with the Air Force for the first multiyear buy of the new C-130J aircraft to replace the aging C-130E fleet.

The KC-135 weapons system completed the installation of the cockpit upgrade and continued the engine upgrades to the R-model. The KC-135 continued to be the air bridge for the multiple combat deployments across the globe. Keeping the aging fleet modernized will continue to challenge the Air National Guard as the refueling operations evolve to meet the next mission. It is critical the aging tanker fleet be modernized.

The Air National Guard Modernization Program is the key to continuing to field a relevant combat capability, ensuring dominance of American air power for the next 15 to 20 years. We must sustain an open and honest dialogue from the warfighter through Congress, in order to maximize the investment of precious tax dollars. The modernization program is a process, not a goal. Recent combat successes validate that process and serve as a model for future transformation of the United States Air Force.

Land Fleet Supports Air Operations

The Air National Guard Vehicle Priority Buy program cannot keep pace with mission requirements associated with Homeland Security, new Alert sites, Security Force protection, medical evacuation teams and new aircraft conversions.

At the present time, 35 percent of the Air National Guard vehicle fleet is due for replacement, at a cost of approximately $262 million.

The Air National Guard vehicle fleet will continue to age and become more costly to maintain. The less-than-adequate replacement rate coupled with additional requirements to support newly emerging homeland security tasking will severely impact our vehicle readiness.

Military Personnel Transformation-30 Years After "Total Force"

The Air National Guard is partnered with the Air Force in multiple transformation initiatives that will affect the Total Force. These initiatives, tied with the Office of the Secretary of Defense's new paradigm-Continuum of Service-will necessitate simplifying the processes and rules that are now in place. Continuum of Service is a transformation for personnel management that is needed to acknowledge the changes that have occurred in the way Reserve Component members are now employed in the full range of operational worldwide missions. This transformation will require changes in legislation and the commitment of the military services. Although there is an increased spirit of volunteerism, and retention remains strong despite the increase in calls for federal and state service, a more integrated approach to military personnel management is imperative. The integration that is required presents a challenge in military personnel life cycle management. The Guard's Directorate of Diversity, Personnel, and Training, the stewards of the force, will ensure Continuum of Service policies have the flexibility to manage the force separately, so Guardmembers have a reasonable opportunity to compete for promotion.

One of the business operations targeted by the Secretary of the Air Force for transformation is the manner in which the Air Force delivers human resource services to its customers. The transformation of these business operations will achieve the Air Force Secretary's objectives by shifting from the current labor-intensive, transaction-focused customer service delivery system to a "strategic partner" role. The ultimate goal is the creation of a customer-focused, mission-driven Total Force service-based delivery system. The system will be leveraged by technology that provides effective, efficient and timely services, while freeing human resource professionals to advise commanders on the development and management of their personnel. The Air Guard is committed to the Secretary's vision and goals for Customer Service Transformation while, at the same time, ensuring Air National Guard members have access to the human resource services which are vital to effective career management.

The Air National Guard supports the transformational vision of the Chief of Staff of the Air Force for a more deliberate approach in developing a force development construct. This entails a Total Force concept that incorporates the way the Air Force trains, educates, promotes, and assigns the Total Force-Active, Guard, Reserve, and Civilians. The newly published Air Force Policy Directive 36-26 represents a radical departure from the current educational and assignment culture. The newly published directive emphasizes a flexible, capabilities-based, Total Force approach that fulfills the professional and personal expectations of our Airmen, while still meeting mission requirements.

One aspect of the Force Development construct is ensuring implementation of the Air National Guard's national diversity strategy. The purpose of the diversity strategy is to increase mission readiness in the organization by focusing on workforce diversity and assuring fair and equitable participation for all. Finally, the Air National Guard has developed a Formal Mentoring Initiative that is ready for a nation-wide rollout. This program will be a key component in the professional development of Air National Guard members.

Information Networking for the Total Force

The Air National Guard Enterprise Network is critical to the successful transmission of information within a unit, between units, and among the various states. We are making progress towards modernizing our nationwide information technology network that serves a vital role in homeland security and national defense. A healthy and robust network for reliable, available and secure information technology is essential to federal and state authorities in their ability to exercise command and control of information resources that potentially could impact their various constituencies. The effective functioning of the Air National Guard relies upon a strong interface and interaction within the network to share information at all levels.

The Air National Guard continues to make significant progress in procuring network hardware and personal computer and server software that decreases complexity and increases network communication with Air Force and Department of Defense partners.

The Air National Guard has completed a nationwide consolidation of network servers by consolidating core network services to regional operations centers, and we continue to provide high quality Information Technology services. At the same time, we continue to reduce redundant and obsolete systems and programs.

The current initiative to provide better communications to our warfighters is our initial roll-out of Microsoft's Active Directory Services. These services will provide enhanced security and broader communications capabilities to our users, and more closely integrate our network with Air Force and other Service networks, thereby increasing both security and communications capability. We hope to fund the remaining roll-out in fiscal year 2004 and begin follow-on programs that will reduce the time required to maintain server and desktop hardware, as well as help manage the software upgrades and security patches so critical to our network's security.

Greater emphasis must be placed on maturing the Air National Guard Enterprise Network. The rapidly changing hardware and software requirements of our warfighting and combat support functions come with a significant cost to upgrade and maintain a fully capable Information Technology network. The Air Guard network has typically been supported at the same level it was during the 1990s. Without a significant infusion of new technology, all other Air National Guard mission areas will be less than fully capable of executing their missions. This modernization initiative will certainly enhance the Air National Guard's interoperability with other federal and state agencies.

Preserving Facility Operations

Air National Guard Civil Engineering is proud of its management record of constraining infrastructure and operating costs while providing quality installations responsive to the nation's needs. This focused business concept limits direct investment to core responsibilities to better balance component, service, and department resources with other risk areas.

Civil Engineering demonstrates the balance between cost-effective and responsive infrastructure by operating a lean facility plant, relying on contractors for most facility work, and leveraging with the states and the traditional Guard member structure to reduce costs.

Facility space at the typical Air National Guard installation averages only 350,000 square feet constrained to operational, training and administrative space on 150 acres of leased property. Air National Guard installations do not have the extensive support facilities typically present on active component bases, such as dormitories, golf courses, family housing, hospitals, child-care facilities, schools, youth centers, commissaries or main exchanges. Instead, Guard members leverage this quality of life support through the community. Additional cost containment is realized by the joint-use of runways and taxiways that are typically owned by the local civilian airport authority and by property leases at nominal or no cost.

A small federal workforce of 7 to 10 predominantly civilian employees executes the facility operations and maintenance program through a contract and state employee workforce. This small fulltime workforce is built around the Base Civil Engineer, an assistant, a facility manager and a production controller. About 15 state employees provide maintenance service for day-to-day requirements while larger non-routine maintenance, repair and construction, where most investment is made, are accomplished through contracts as needed. Twenty-four state employee firefighters provide crash, fire and rescue service when not provided by the local civilian airport authority.

Base operational costs are further leveraged by state contributions. Specifically, states are required to provide matching funds for services such as utilities, custodial, trash, grounds maintenance and snow removal. This contribution typically ranges between 15 and 25 percent of the total cost of the requirement. Additionally, Civil Engineer and Services "outsource" its military capability, with personnel fulfilling traditional part-time roles, and thus avoiding full-time costs except when needed for wartime or deployment requirements. The Air National Guard Prime Base Engineer Emergency Force or PrimeBEEF force has been covering 30 percent of the total Air Force engineering wartime and deployment requirement, while the Prime Readiness in Base Services or Prime RIBS team has been covering 40 percent of these requirements.

Civil Engineer management controls costs to help keep the Air National Guard and its military presence in the community. National Guard facilities and personnel assigned to local units are the primary connection most Americans have with the military since a large number of active duty bases were closed during the 1990s. This community presence provides cost-­effective platforms for recruitment and retention by being close to where Guard members work and live. Correspondingly, the Air Guard's efficient infrastructure and management structure helps the National Guard and the Department of Defense to balance resources with other areas of risk as they continue to transform military capabilities.

Redesigning Financial Management Systems

The Air National Guard Financial Management community is actively participating in the coordination of the Office of the Secretary of Defense Business Management Modernization Program and the Air Force Financial Management Transformation efforts.

This will ensure our future systems and procedures comply with the Defense Business Enterprise Architecture. The Air Guard's efforts include:

  • Adopting standard business practices and systems to enhance the accountability and accuracy of financial management transactions; and,
  • Replacement of non-compliant financial management systems with web applications that fully support the defense architecture and the Chief Financial Officers Act of 1990.

This is particularly evidenced by our efforts to transform and modernize the management of the Air National Guard Military Personnel Appropriation through the future implementation of the Reserve Order Writer System, a candidate to become a joint system that will bring the latest advances in technology and military orders information to Guards­members in the convenience of their homes around the clock.

Conclusion

The Air National Guard will continue to defend the nation in the War on Terrorism while transforming for the future. We will do this across the full spectrum of operations in both the Expeditionary and Homeland Defense missions. The Air National Guard will also continue to leverage our militia culture and linkage to the community that is vital to our nation. The men and women of the Air Guard are currently serving proudly in the far corners of the globe-and here at home-and will do so with distinction with the necessary tools to protect our freedoms.

Overview

The most exciting changes occurring in the National Guard today are in the areas of Transformation, Jointness and Homeland Defense. The initiatives begun in 2003 to bring the National Guard fully into the Goldwater-Nichols era of jointness are already transforming the way we do business in the highest echelons of the Department of Defense, out in the states, and around the world where our Soldiers and Airmen are protecting our nation from harm.

Transforming our headquarters to a joint structure provides greater interoperability with combatant commands, especially with U.S. Northern Command, U.S. Southern Command, and U.S. Pacific Command. It also increases our ability to interface with the Department of Defense and the Joint Staff on issues of Homeland Defense, Homeland Security, and Military Assistance to Civil Authorities. In summary, this will allow the Guard to operate on the same basis as the rest of the Defense Department.

The year 2003 marked the beginning of our journey. There are many more tasks to accomplish before we have fully implemented our transformation campaign plan.

The National Guard Bureau completed the initial stage of its transformation to a joint staff during the summer of 2003. In revising the staff structure, we attempted to mirror as closely as possible the structure of the Joint Staff in the Pentagon, thus facilitating closer coordination between the two to the maximum degree possible.

The Bureau is extensively reorganizing its manpower to perform staff functions that had never been addressed outside of the single-service focus of the Army National Guard and Air National Guard Directorates. The new joint Directorates of Logistics and Intelligence are prime examples of the Bureau expanding its vision and capabilities so that we can fully engage in interservice and intergovernmental efforts to protect the nation at home and abroad.

The expansion of the National Guard Bureau's roles and missions in the joint arena must still be validated by the Secretary of Defense and the Joint Staff.

The transformation to a joint Headquarters at the National Guard Bureau is being paralleled by a similar transformation in the states. The new Standing Joint Force Headquarters, State, are being designed to parallel the configurations of the National Guard Bureau, the Joint Staff, and the Combatant Commands. The States have been given flexibility to apply their human and financial resources to the joint configuration to address their unique needs, while centralizing each governor's ability to leverage both homeland security and state mission capabilities in the event of a local emergency.

Every Joint Force Headquarters, State will provide a standing Joint Force Command and Control capability that will allow a combatant commander to accurately monitor an incident, provide supporting forces, or command federal forces, including federalized National Guard forces, in support of the civilian incident commander. This coordination between state and federal authorities will be aided by the creation of a robust command, control and communications backbone. We have proposed a Joint CONUS Communications Support Enterprise initiative that will provide a common, secure means through which they can coordinate their response for any domestic emergency. Upon completion of these transformational initiatives, the ability of both civil and military authorities to secure and defend the homeland will have increased exponentially.

In 2003, under the direction of Lieutenant General H Steven Blum, the Bureau asserted that joint duty billets and joint educational opportunities should be extended to the National Guard. The Defense Department is currently considering plans that will allow members of the reserve components, for the first time in history, to benefit from the opportunities provided by Joint Professional Military Education. The broad-based implementation of this training in years to come will be critical to achieving our goal of fully integrating the National Guard system with the Department and the combatant commands.

In organizing itself for the future, the National Guard Bureau, together with the National Guard headquarters in every state and territory, is transforming to become a member of the joint team. The War on Terror demands this capability from us; indeed, we are already serving in this capacity in our day-to-day interactions with the Office of the Secretary of Defense, with the Joint Staff, and with the combatant commanders. It is our responsibility to ensure that this transformation to jointness reaches full operating capability by October 2005.

Support the War Fight
State Partnership Program

The National Guard State Partnership Program links states and countries for the purpose of improving bilateral relations with the U.S. The value of this program is its ability to focus the attention of a small part of the Department of Defense-a state National Guard-with a single country or region in support of our government policies. The program's goals reflect an evolving international affairs mission for the National Guard. In addition, the National Guard promotes regional stability and civil-military relationships in support of U.S. policy objectives. The State Partners actively participate in a host of engagement activities including bilateral familiarization and training events, exercises, fellowship-style internships, and civic leader visits. All activities are coordinated through the theater combatant commander and the U.S. ambassadors' country teams, and other agencies, as appropriate, to ensure that National Guard efforts are tailored to meet both U.S. and country objectives. This program increases exposure of Guard personnel to diverse cultures in regions where they may be deployed in the future.

During 2003, nine new partnerships-Kansas-­Armenia; Maryland-Bosnia; Puerto Rico-­Dominican Republic; New York-South Africa; Wisconsin-­Nicaragua; Utah-Morocco; Alaska-Mongolia; Florida-Guyana; and Virginia-Tajikistan-were formed. The Colorado-Jordan partnership was announced in March 2004. Currently thirty-nine U.S. states, two territories, and the District of Columbia are partnered with forty-five countries around the world, and last year alone more than 300 events took place between the partners. In fiscal year 2004 and beyond, it is our goal to expand the program to include increased interaction at the action officer and troop level will enable the partners to develop more hands-on events.

The State Partnership Program is also invaluable for our own homeland security. As we interface with countries that, on a daily basis, live with a terrorist threat in their own back yard, we learn the tactics and techniques that they employ to thwart attacks on their civilian population. Conversely, the countries learn some of the capabilities and techniques employed by not only the Department of Defense, but by our civilian organizations at both a federal and state level that are in use to protect our homeland. It is through this cooperative exchange of vital information that we ultimately protect our homeland by pushing our borders outwards and creating an atmosphere of mutual support and collaboration.

Full-Time Support

The Active Guard and Reserve and Military Technician programs are a major asset for the National Guard and are essential to organizational readiness. Governed by USC Title 32, these full-time personnel are uniformed members who perform day-to-day responsibilities for a unit, who train with traditional Guardmembers in that unit, and who are available for mobilization or deployment when the unit is called to active duty.

The heightened pace of operations, however, has put a strain on normal procedures, particularly for the military technician force. National Guard technician deployments in support of ongoing contingency operations involved approximately 16 percent of the technician workforce. This resulted in an increased demand for personnel actions to support technician separation and leave of absence actions, entitlements counseling, and backfill of positions in order to continue accomplishing essential full-time functions like payroll processing and equipment maintenance. In order to expedite the increased demand for backfill, the previously authorized emergency hiring flexibilities were expanded and extended for another year. These flexibilities provided streamlined hiring processes for affected states.

The deployment of large numbers of military technicians with their units, while beneficial to the overall mission, created funding challenges for the program. Under current Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights laws, absence of technicians from their positions due to service in the armed forces does not result in absence of costs for agencies employing those technicians. The National Guard was still responsible for costs associated with stay-behind missions, such as maintaining armories and equipment, and the congressional legislation that employee and employer health benefit costs for technicians be paid for up to 18 months during mobilization. Therefore, residual costs incurred from health benefit costs, costs associated from backfilling mobilized technicians, outsourcing expenses, and other issues resulted in increased funding challenges during 2003.

National Guard Family Programs

As the role of the National Guard becomes focused on the dual missions of Global War on Terrorism and Homeland Security, units will continue to maintain a high level of readiness for overseas and homeland operations.

Not since World War II have so many Guardmembers been deployed to so many places for such extended periods of time. The role and support of the family is critical to success with these missions. The National Guard Family Program has developed an extensive infrastructure to support and assist families during all phases of the deployment process. There are more than 400 National Guard Family Assistance Centers located throughout the fifty-four states, territories and the District of Columbia. These centers provide information, referral, and assistance with anything that families experience during a deployment. Most importantly, these services are for any military family member from any branch or component of the Armed Forces.

If family members are not prepared for deployments, a service member's readiness, morale, and eventually retention are affected. Family programs are currently in place to assist families during deployment, pre-mobilization, mobilization, and reunion. The Family Program office provides support to program coordinators through information-sharing, training, volunteer management, workshops, newsletters, family events, and youth development programs, among other services.

The greatest challenge lies in awareness and communication. The feedback we receive indicates that many family members are unaware of the many resources available to them during a period of active duty or deployment. Our primary goals are to increase the level of awareness and participation with existing family resources, and to improve overall mission readiness and retention by giving our warfighters the peace-of-mind of knowing that their families are well cared for.

Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve

The National Guard Bureau renewed its partnership with the National Committee, Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve. The Chief, National Guard Bureau, reinforced this commitment with his decision to authorize 54 positions for the states, District of Columbia, and territories to augment retention initiatives within all seven of the reserve components. A new initiative in fiscal year 2004 is a national level contract that provides the states with additional personnel and puts the Employer Support program on a parallel track with the National Guard's Family Program. These two programs are intended to dovetail, and reflect our increased efforts to address the impact of mobilizations on employers and families.

Youth ChalleNGe Program

The award-winning National Guard ChalleNGe program is a community-based program in twenty-nine sites that leads, trains, and mentors at-risk youth to become productive citizens. The second largest mentoring program in the nation, the ChalleNGe program is coeducational and consists of a five-month "quasi-military" residential phase and a one-year post-residential phase. Corps members must be volunteers, between 16 and 18 years of age, not in trouble with the law, drug-free, unemployed, and high school dropouts.

A national model since 1993, the twenty-five states and territories that offer the program have graduated more than 48,000 young men and women who leave equipped with the values, skills, education and self-discipline necessary to succeed as adults in our society. Significantly, although many ChalleNGe candidates are from at-risk populations, over 70 percent of them have attained either a General Equivalency Diploma or a high school diploma. Furthermore, approximately 30 percent of all graduates choose to enter military service upon graduation. While the General Equivalency Diploma attainment is over 66 percent, and the graduation rate is above 90 percent, the National Guard seeks to improve the results in both areas.

The National Guard is "Hometown America" with deep roots in every community. The strong community ties make the National Guard a highly visible and effective entity in many towns and communities across the United States. National Guard units across the country have traditionally been involved in youth programs designed to help young people become positive and productive members of their community. The ChalleNGe program pays for itself with the savings realized from keeping young people out of jails and off welfare roles. In fact, these same young people are more prone to become productive, tax-paying members of their communities. The program saves $175 million in juvenile corrections costs, while lowering the percentage of youth who are on federal assistance from 24 percent to 10 percent. The results are that a ChalleNGe program actually makes money for the tax dollars spent.

Drug Interdiction and Counterdrug Activities

In 1989, the Congress authorized the National Guard to perform drug interdiction and counterdrug activities under Section 112, Title 32 of the United States Code.

This domestic counterdrug effort falls into two general areas: supporting community-based drug demand reduction programs and providing support to help law enforcement stop illegal drugs from being imported, manufactured and distributed. Approximately 2,600 personnel in Title 32 status work with the programs, while at the same time maintaining their wartime military skills and unit readiness.

The mission of the Drug Demand Reduction program organizes and expands community efforts to form coordinated and complementary systems to reduce substance abuse. The Guard's primary focus is on community mobilization and assistance to neighborhood groups. We assist these groups in setting goals and objectives and building neighborhood strength and resiliency that provide alternatives to drugs and drug-related crime. In fiscal year 2003, National Guard members were able to reach an audience of over 4.7 million students and family members with an anti-drug message.

Supply reduction activities stem the flow of illegal drugs into the United States. The National Guard performs a variety of counterdrug missions in direct support of local, state, and federal law enforcement. The types of support provided are diverse, but focus primarily on intelligence analysis and investigative case support. Activities also include linguist support, surface and aerial reconnaissance and observation, as well as communications and engineer support. We provide unique military-oriented skills so the program acts as a force-multiplier for law enforcement agencies.

As part of the supply interdiction mission, the National Guard provides airborne support to the domestic effort through the Counterdrug Reconnaissance and Aerial Interdiction Detachment program and the C-26 Sherpa program. These programs employ Kiowa helicopters and Sherpa aircraft to detect and track targets identified by law enforcement agencies. These aircraft have been specially modified with thermal imaging equipment, night vision devices, and high-tech communications equipment. Currently, we operate 116 Kiowa helicopters distributed among thirty-seven states; while eleven states each have a single Sherpa aircraft for these efforts. Recently, several of the Sherpa assets have been tasked to support overseas missions in support of U.S. Southern Command.

In Fiscal Year 2003, National Guard support efforts led to 66,395 arrests and assisted law enforcement in seizing the following:

Cocaine

665,179 pounds

Crack Cocaine

61,713 pounds

Marijuana eradicated

2,232,693 plants

Marijuana (processed)

1,251,182 pounds

Methamphetamines

26,077 pounds

Heroin

6,475 pounds

Ecstasy

387,616 pills

Other / Designer Drugs

14,600,274 pills

Weapons

10,260

Vehicles

76,349

Currency

$192,607,004

Due to the tremendous successes of the Guard's training programs, and the growing need for more specialized training, the Guard operates five congressionally authorized training academies that provide counterdrug training for both law enforcement and community officials. These programs are open to both civilian and military personnel, and these no-cost courses provide training in both supply interdiction and drug demand reduction.

Finally, to help ensure a drug-free workplace, the National Guard administers and oversees a Substance Abuse Prevention Program. All members of the National Guard are subject to random, unannounced testing throughout the year. Additionally, members in certain specialties or job categories are subject to mandatory testing each year. In fiscal year 2003, we performed more than 225,000 drug tests. This testing helps ensure that the National Guard force is fit and mission-ready.

Homeland Defense
National Guard Reaction Force

The National Guard has nearly 368 years of experience in responding to both the federal government's warfighting requirements, and the needs of the states to protect critical infrastructure and to ensure the safety of local communities. In an effort to improve the capability of states to respond to threats against critical infrastructure within their borders, the Chief of the National Guard Bureau has asked each Adjutant General to develop a Quick Reaction Force capability. The goal is to have a trained and ready National Guard force available to the governor that can respond in support of local, state and, when required, federal agencies. The Guard Bureau has been coordinating with the states and territories to identify current response capabilities, as well as working with Northern and Pacific commands to ensure that these capabilities are understood and incorporated into their emergency response plans. Work is underway to identify additional requirements for force protection and interoperability with civil responders. This reaction force is not a new capability or concept. What is new is the standardized training and mission capabilities being shared by all states, territories, and the District of Columbia.

Full Spectrum Vulnerability Assessment

The Full Spectrum Vulnerability Assessment program is a new National Guard Homeland Defense initiative in which each state and territory has a team of Soldiers or Airmen trained to conduct vulnerability assessments of critical infrastructure in order to prepare and plan emergency mission response in the event of a terrorist attack or natural disaster. This program is designed to execute the pre-planning needed for emergency response; to educate civilian agencies on basic force protection; to develop relationships between emergency responders, owners of critical infrastructure and National Guard planners in the states; and deploy traditional National Guard forces in a timely fashion to protect that infrastructure. In developing this concept, the Guard Bureau has worked with the office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense to establish policies and standards. During 2004, we plan to have six of these teams trained to conduct vulnerability assessments. Through this initiative, the National Guard continues its time-honored tradition of being prepared to respond at a moment's notice in defense of America.

Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support Teams

The National Guard continues to strengthen its ability to respond to chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and high-yield explosive events. Since September 11, 2001, the existing thirty-two teams have been fully engaged in planning, training and operations in support of state and local emergency responders. Civil Support Teams are designed to provide specialized expertise and technical assistance to an incident commander by identifying chemical, biological, radiological, or nuclear substances; assessing the situation; advising the commander on potential courses of action; and assisting with cutting-edge technology and expertise. Operationally, these teams are under the command and control of the governors through their respective Adjutants General in a U.S.C Title 32 status. The National Guard Bureau provides logistical support, standardized operational procedures, and operational coordination to facilitate the employment of the teams and to ensure back-up capability to states currently without a team.

During fiscal year 2003, teams responded to seventy-four requests for support from civil authorities for actual or potential incidents. Teams from Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and New Mexico also provided valuable support in response to the Columbia space shuttle disaster during February 2003.

In accordance with Congressional and Defense Department direction, the National Guard will add twenty-three new teams, beginning with twelve in 2004, so that each state, territory, and the District of Columbia will have at least one team. Another four teams will be added in 2005, with four more in 2006, and the remaining three in 2007.

In order to continue to be the best possible resource to the emergency responders they assist, it is vital that these teams continue to be equipped with state-of-the-art technology and trained to the highest possible level. To accomplish this, the teams must remain a high priority for resourcing at all levels of the Department of Defense.

Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and High-Yield Explosive Enhanced Response Force Package

After the terrorist events of September 11th, the protection of personnel and resources has greater urgency and the potential for response to civil authority is greater than ever. Local, state and federal agencies are applying tremendous resources to improve their Weapons of Mass Destruction response capabilities. To enhance the National Guard capability, the National Guard Bureau has developed an initiative to equip and train units in twelve states to provide a Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and High-Yield Explosive regional response. This force will augment the Civil Support Teams and will provide emergency responders with a follow-on, task force-oriented structure that will help secure the incident site, support mass casualty decontamination operations in or near contaminated environments, and provide for casualty search and extraction. Included in this response force package is platoon-sized security, medical, decontamination, and technical search and extraction teams. These personnel are expected to respond to an incident on short notice in either state active duty or U.S.C Title 32 status. The new teams are expected to be trained and ready to respond by October 2004.

Intelligence for Homeland Security

During the 2003 transformation to a joint staff structure, the Guard Bureau broke new ground by organizing for the first time in its history an Intelligence Directorate. The draft mission statement designates the directorate as the primary advisor to the Chief, National Guard Bureau, Deputy Chiefs, and the Adjutants General of the fifty-four states and territories for all intelligence-related matters. With the focus on improving threat awareness for the Guard's Homeland Security mission, the immediate goal has been to efficiently maximize information-sharing between the Guard and Defense Department, the combatant commands, particularly U.S. Northern Command and U.S. Pacific Command, the Department of Homeland Security, and national-level intelligence agencies. Concurrently, this new directorate is taking the lead in establishing a common operating system for intelligence that will provide a standardized intelligence picture that gives each participant the same level of situational awareness and allows sharing of information and intelligence across a single system, thus aiding the decision-making process.

Transformation for the 21st Century
Transformation to a Joint National Guard Bureau

In May 2003, the Chief, National Guard Bureau, announced his vision to transform the Bureau into a Joint National Guard Bureau that encompasses both its federal and state missions. In July 2003, the Chief provisionally organized the Bureau's manpower resources into a joint staff.

In late July 2003, the Office of the Secretary of Defense recognized the changing roles of the National Guard, both in its federal and state relationship, and indicated support of the Bureau as the national strategic focal point for National Guard matters. Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld further suggested greater ties with his office, the Joint Staff, and the Departments of the Army and Air Force in support of combatant commanders. The Secretary encouraged the development of proposals to forge a new relationship, one which would improve his office's access to National Guard capabilities and improve the ability of the National Guard to operate in the joint environment and other military matters. The primary interest for the Chief, National Guard Bureau is the Area of Responsibility of all combatant commanders whose plans include or affect, or will likely include or affect, federalized or non-federalized National Guard units or personnel. As such, the Bureau supports U.S. Northern Command, U.S. Pacific Command, U.S. Strategic Command, and the states and territories in developing military strategy and contingency plans for homeland defense and civil support operations. It further supports all of the combatant commanders in developing joint operational requirements for Theater Security Cooperation, and War and Contingency Plans.

The Bureau is recommending its recognition, in both law and policy, as a joint activity of the Department of Defense, as well as a joint bureau of the Departments of the Army and the Air Force, with both joint and Service responsibilities. This joint initiative is projected to achieve full operational capability and validation from the Secretary of Defense and the Joint Staff by fiscal year 2005.

Joint Force Headquarters, State

On October 1, 2003, the Chief approved provisional operation of the Joint Force Headquarters in each of the fifty-four states, territories, and the District of Columbia. Transformation of the previously separate Air and Army National Guard Headquarters will continue through fiscal year 2006.

The Joint Force Headquarters of each state, territory, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia exercises command and/or control over all assigned, attached or operationally aligned forces. It acts as a standing, deployed joint force headquarters, within the geographic confines of the state/ territory/ commonwealth or district; it provides situational awareness of developing or on-going emergencies and activities to federal and state authority. As ordered, the Joint Force Headquarters, State provides trained and equipped forces and capabilities to the services and the Combatant Commanders for federal missions. The Joint Force Headquarters, State supports civil authority with capabilities and forces for homeland security and/or domestic emergencies.

The Bureau is working to obtain Joint Staff approval for integration of this headquarters organization into the joint manpower process, specifically through submission of a Joint Table of Distribution, along with supporting documentation, by September 30, 2004.

Joint Professional Military Education

Joint Professional Military Education is the key to integrating the staffs of the fifty-four newly-created and the National Guard Joint Staff with the rest of the Defense Department. Credit for performance of joint duty is also a key factor in determining promotions in the active component, and increasingly within the reserve components as well. For this reason, in order to make the Bureau competitive with other joint duty assignments, ceilings for Joint Specialty Officer billets must be raised and billets must be allotted to the Guard. Guard officers also need increased access to resident Phase 2 Joint Professional Military Education. We are actively working with the Joint Staff in the Pentagon to explore ways of using the Guard's extensive Distance Learning facilities to expand Joint Professional Military Education opportunities to members of the military, regardless of service or component.

Reserve Joint Staff Duty at National Guard Bureau

One of the Chief's early initiatives while meeting with the other reserve component chiefs was to obtain input and support for exchanging officers to serve on each other's staffs. This added capability is intended to assist in planning for the homeland security mission by sharing at an early stage a better understanding of the roles and specific security missions assigned to each component. For the first time in its 100-year history, Navy and Marine Corps Reserve officers are now serving as part of the Bureau staff, and Guard officers, in turn, have been assigned to their staffs. Similar exchanges are planned with the Coast Guard Reserve. These pioneers in the reserve joint staff arena are field grade officers currently assigned to the Operations and Plans and Policy equivalent directorates for a two-year period.

Joint Continental U.S. Communications Support Enterprise

Under Section 10501(b), U.S.C Title 10, one of the purposes of the National Guard Bureau is "the channel of communications on all matters pertaining to the National Guard, the Army National Guard of the United States, and the Air National Guard of the United States, between the Department of the Army and the Department of the Air Force, and the several states." Therefore, an obvious role for the National Guard is to provide an interface for communications between federal and state agencies with regard to incidents involving homeland security. There is a requirement for U.S. Northern Command, as well as other federal agencies, to have "continuous situational awareness" of incidents occurring in the states related to homeland security and the associated activities of the National Guard while acting under the states' control.

To meet these requirements, the Bureau has established a communications enterprise concept that meets the new homeland defense challenges and leverages the advantages of the National Guard's constitutional dual status under the state and federal governments. The proposed communications enterprise is the state-federal network connectivity concept named the Joint Continental United States Communications Support Enterprise.

This enterprise will involve national level management and integration by the Bureau of long haul, tactical, and other service capabilities to provide U.S. Northern Command, Pacific Command and the Joint Force Headquarters, State with connectivity to and through state networks to an incident site. The enterprise includes the establishment of a National Guard Bureau Joint Operations Center; a state joint headquarters communications element; net-centric connectivity state-to-state; vertical connectivity to incident sites, including a wireless capability; and a National Guard Homeland Security Communications Capability.

In 2003, the Bureau took the first step by establishing a Joint Operations Center, and the Standing Joint Force Headquarters in each state are in the process of establishing a dedicated communications element. Planning and resourcing for the remaining program phases are ongoing.

National Guard Enterprise Information Technology Initiatives

The National Guard continues to move aggressively in using information technology to support our warfighters and our missions at all levels, including Homeland Security and Homeland Defense. These initiatives are being implemented with an approach that is geared towards the National Guard Enterprise. Some examples of these initiatives from the past year include using Guard telecommunications resources, specifically distributed learning classrooms and video teleconferencing assets, to link Civil Support Teams in thirteen states. These resources have been used to provide critical pre-deployment support for warfighters and their families. For example, at Indiana's Camp Atterbury mobilization site, readiness training was conducted for Soldiers during the day, and in the evenings, a "Cyber Café" was established where Soldiers checked e-mail and military accounts, took care of personal matters, and communicated with family members. During March and April 2003, nearly 10,000 Soldiers logged more than 327,000 minutes at this facility, providing substantial training efficiencies, but just as importantly, it was a great boost to Soldier and family morale. These same assets are currently being used throughout the organization to facilitate command and control for readiness of operating forces at levels never before available. Other examples are spread across the country, where Guardsmen are using newly provided capabilities to improve efficiency, effectiveness and morale.

Another initiative is the development of the Virtual Mission Preparation capability. This is being used as a prototype to provide a web-based, portal technology that delivers the capability to portray real-time status of units and their overall mobilization readiness down to the individual Soldier level. It was developed in Pennsylvania in support of the 28th Division's rotation to Bosnia, and is now being applied to Operation Iraqi Freedom, and to the 56th Stryker Brigade of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard. Virtual Mission Preparation provides functionality that has application across the Army National Guard to improve deployability, as well as the capability to meet Army, Defense Department and emergency response mission requirements.

The Bureau, through initiatives managed by the Communications directorate and the Chief Information Officer, is ensuring that the vision of supporting the warfighter and transforming the Guard is supported through an approach that casts off the old lock-step, stove-pipe method to Information Technology and moves to a truly interconnected, net-centric information sharing capability.

Transforming the Mobilization and Demobilization Process

Today's global environment does not allow for the luxury of time that our current Cold War era-mobilization process requires. The modern, smaller, all volunteer military needs access to the reserve components within days or weeks-not months.

The U.S. Joint Forces Command was tasked by the Secretary of Defense to coordinate the development of a more agile and responsive process to mobilize units and individuals within the reserve components. As a result of this tasking, the command established "Tiger Teams" that consisted of subject matter experts from the reserve and active components, defense agencies, and the Joint Staff to study the mobilization process and make recommendations.

The Bureau fully participated in the workshops, endorsed the recommendations of these teams, and is working closely with the U.S. Joint Forces Command to improve the readiness and accessibility of the National Guard for its federal mission. In order for this to occur, the reserve components must be funded at a higher level of readiness and the mobilization process must be updated so that the efficiencies of automation and training during the course of the year can be capitalized upon.

The lead agency within the Bureau for this effort is the newly-­organized Directorate of Logistics. They are the point of contact for all coordination and inquiries by the Office of the Secretary of Defense and combatant commands regarding logistical and mobilization matters as they relate to the National Guard. In the past, the Army and the Air National Guard had no Bureau-level counterpart to interface with the Office of the Secretary of Defense or with joint commands. The joint Directorate of Logistics fills this void and is designed to strengthen the interoperability of the Bureau with the other services and components.

In addition to spearheading our efforts to reform the mobilization and demobilization process, the directorate is an active member of a newly formed multi-government agency committee of senior logisticians that is chartered to develop a National Logistics Strategy to support the National Response Plan. The group is working with U.S. Northern Command to identify all logistics sources to support Homeland Defense and Homeland Security needs.


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