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The Pentagon has approached Congress to grant the Secretary of Defense the authority to post almost 400,000 military personnel throughout the United States in times of emergency or a major disaster.
Originally posted by fleabit
I'm a tad confused. There is already over 1 million troops stationed within the U.S. From the Wiki article:
Within the United States
Including U.S. territories and ships afloat within territorial waters
A total of 1,083,027 personnel are on active duty within the United States and its territories (including those afloat): The vast majority, 883,430 of them, are stationed at various bases within the Continental United States. There are an additional 36,827 in Hawaii and 19,828 in Alaska. 90,218 are at sea while there are 2,970 in Guam and 137 in Puerto Rico.
So.. um.. we are reducing our #'s?
Originally posted by Hastobemoretolife
reply to post by fleabit
No, it isn't that, they want the ability to be able to activate 400,000 troops for deployment in the US. Currently all the troops besides the ones activated at NorthCom can't be activated for active duty within the US.
The penatagon is basically trying to get the authority to be able to activate 400,000 troops in order to deploy them on US soil. Also there is an issue of .gov wanting to federalize all National Guard Troops and have sole authority to be able to deploy them.
The Issue: Activation of Federal Reserve Forces for Disasters
Contact your Senators and urge them to oppose the DoD legislative efforts for activation of Federal Reserve forces, and to engage a Council of Governors to establish command and control policies of federal active forces by the governor during disaster or emergency response....
According to a June 2009 Congressional Fact Sheet, submitted by United States Northern Command (USNORTHCOM), “The Department of Defense (DOD) has submitted for consideration in the Fiscal Year 2010 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) a proposal to authorize the Secretary of Defense to order Army Reserve, Air Force Reserve, Navy Reserve, and the Marine Corps Reserve, to active duty for a major disaster or emergency.”