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Protest threats in multiple cities pose Inauguration Day challenge for National Guard

Protest threats in multiple cities pose Inauguration Day challenge for National Guard
Neighboring states may need to reserve National Guard to protect their own facilities and personnel, possibly limiting the ability of the Defense Department, which oversees the District of Columbia National Guard, to call on them for additional help.

ANALYSISProtest threats in multiple cities pose Inauguration Day challenge for National Guard Scores of National Guard personnel finish their shift guarding the U.Intelligence suggesting the potential for armed riots or attacks on state capitols across the country came into focus as the Defense Department scrambled to ensure an adequate plan for providing National Guard aid for the Jan.Neighboring states may need to reserve National Guard to protect their own facilities and personnel, possibly limiting the ability of the Defense Department, which oversees the District of Columbia National Guard, to call on them for additional help.6, when acting defense secretary Christopher Miller was required to sign off on activating additional District National Guard members, McCarthy now will have the ability to employ Guard personnel and equipment as he sees fit, without higher level sign-off.

Gretchen Whitmer, a Democrat, to activate that state's National Guard ahead of planned protests at the Capitol.He said the Pentagon was responding in keeping with requests from the city and Capitol Police, which explicitly asked for a limited, unarmed National Guard role.

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