If we already have a National Guard with these duties, WHY do we need an active-duty force within the US? What are we not being told NOW? Is there a scenario building where martial law will be imposed (before Nov. 4)?
But this new mission marks the first time an active unit has been given a dedicated assignment to NorthCom, a joint command established in 2002 to provide command and control for federal homeland defense efforts and coordinate defense support of civil authorities.
After 1st BCT finishes its dwell-time mission, expectations are that another, as yet unnamed, active-duty brigade will take over and that the mission will be a permanent one.