Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Monday ordered his top department leaders to conduct a broad review to determine whether the military, National Guard and Reserve can adequately deal with domestic disasters and whether they have the training and equipment to defend the homeland.
"Make no mistake, his decisions are aimed at landmark changes, changes that are essential if the Guard and Reserves are to remain fully capable of meeting current and future threats," said Punaro.
One has to wonder: defend the "homeland" from whom, and what future "threats" are these folks envisioning?
Please remember: as reported in the Army Times,
a deployment of the 1st Brigade Combat Team here in the US, which started 1 October of this year, has been under the control of Northcom. I quote from the article:
".....They may be called upon to help with civil unrest and crowd control .....
What is Gates anticipating in this country that such a deployment is necessary?