The Pentagon is streamlining the process of requesting a National Guard in DC

The Department of Defense is streamlining the process for requesting National Guard services in Washington, DC, and granting approval authority for certain DC government requests to the Secretary of Defense, according to a memo released Thursday.

The memorandum states, “with immediate effect”, that the Secretary of Defense may approve requests from the DC Government in scenarios where National Guard members are needed within 48 hours of the said request or if they are required to be involved in “direct participation in civil law enforcement activities ‚ÄĚsuch as crowd control, seizure or arrest.

Previously, the DC government would have had to make these requests through the Army Secretary, the Associated Press noted. However, this official will still be delegated to oversee DC government requests in other situations, including non-emergency situations and for purposes not involving law enforcement.

The new note comes a week before the one-year anniversary of the January 6 attack on the US Capitol by supporters of the former. President TrumpDonald TrumpKeith Olbermann criticized for tweet directed at Romney family Prince Andrews legal team says prosecutor ‘lives in Australia’ cannot sue in US court. Is China’s power at the top? And other important national security issues for 2022 MORE who tried to prevent legislators from certifying President BidenJoe BidenFDA approves second quick COVID-19 test in home Pentagon allocates $ 6.7 million contract for domestic production of material critical to rapid COVID-19 tests Armed man with ‘hit list’, including Biden, Fauci arrested in Iowa on his way to the White House MOREpresidential victory in 2020.

The Pentagon has been criticized for the National Guard’s delayed response to the Capitol riot, though a report from the Department of Defense’s Office of the Inspector General last month found that the Pentagon had responded adequately around the time of the riot, the AP noted.

Since then, law enforcement leaders have promised to increase their security efforts. Capitol Police reassembled security fences and added personnel around the Capitol in September during the “Justice for J6” rally.

“I think we would be foolish not to take the intelligence we have at our disposal seriously. How credible it is – how likely it is – people can make those judgments,” Capitol Police Chief Tom Manger said in a press conference the day before the September rally.


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