The House and the Senate are currently debating legislation that would allow the Army Reserve to be deployed for homeland security missions.
According to Lieutenant General Jack C. Stultz, the chief of the Army Reserve, the proposed law would authorize the government activate as many as 60,000 Reservists per year from all services for various missions both domestically and abroad.
“For homeland use, current law says you can only use your Title 10 Reserve in the homeland in instances of weapons of mass destruction,” Stultz said.
“There should be a logical progression, just like there is now, where local civil authorities respond, then the governor calls up the National Guard — and in 90 percent of the cases that’s all that’s needed — but in that other 10 percent where the state needs federal help, we’d be available with a lot of needed expertise,” Stultz said.
Source: Homeland Security Newswire.