With federal deficit-reduction efforts in full swing, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan drawing to a close, and a history as the U.S. military’s back bench, the National Guard could easily return to postwar oblivion. But in this post-9/11 austerity era, the hybrid military group’s supporters have a different, much stronger future in mind, and now they seem on the cusp of achieving it. A provision making the chief of the National Guard Bureau a member of the Pentagon’s Joint Chiefs of ...


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