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|A National Guard Soldier from the 148th Medical |
Company helps a stranded man to the roof of a
New Orleans school building Sept. 6, 2005, during
Hurricane Katrina flooding. Photo Credit: Brien Aho
- A dual-status commander would get temporary authority to command active-duty and Guard troops and would report up both chains of command, to the president and the state's governor.
- The goal is to have at least one officer in each of the 50 states and in four U.S. territories qualified and ready to be a dual-status commander on a moment's notice.
Question: Do you think this will significantly improve disaster response operations? Do you think the states and the federal government can move beyond historical disagreement on who should command federal forces responding to a disaster in a state?