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National Guard Chief Lieutenant General Steven Blum recently noted that the Guard has only about 35 percent of what is officially required to respond to hurricane, natural disasters, and possible terrorist attacks at home.
We find ourselves in this situation for two reasons: First, we have traditionally under-funded the National Guard’s equipment levels. Secondly, much of the equipment that the Guard does have is being used in the ongoing war efforts in Iraq, Afghanistan, and across the Middle East and Central Asia. And there is no prospect that we will see it again back in the States anytime soon.
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Senator Durbin's office has released even more details about the National Guard's equipment shortages:
Durbin said National Guard units in Illinois often fare even worse than the national average and equipment inventories of Illinois National Guard units have been seriously depleted. For example, the inventory tallies show that Illinois Guard units are assigned only:
# 4 percent of the medium trucks needed to maintain full readiness (6 of 166 medium trucks)
# 8 percent of the heavy trucks needed to maintain full readiness (6 of 79 heavy trucks)
# 47 percent of night vision devices (1503 of 3220 night vision devices)
# 63 percent of ground to air radios (766 of 1218 radios)
While these numbers alone are cause for serious concern, the situation may actually be much worse. Some of this assigned equipment is unavailable for use by the state because it is currently in Iraq or elsewhere.
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