The Right Way to Activate the National Guard

There are three methods of mobilizing America's citizen soldiers. Which one Trump chooses will matter a great deal.

In the past couple of days, numerous states have activated members of their respective National Guard forces to provide support to civil authorities trying to contend with the coronavirus pandemic. They are right to do so. The National Guard could contribute much-needed logistics, security, and even direct medical assistance. There have also been indications that the Trump administration has considered “federalizing” the National Guard and bringing it under centralized control.

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