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National Guard Bureau Transition Book, Date Unknown

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The National Guard Bureau (NGB) plays a critical role in the defense and security of the United States. As a joint activity of the Department of Defense, the NGB serves as the channel of communication between the Departments of the Army and Air Force and the states. A recent transition book provides a comprehensive overview of the NGB’s mission, functions, initiatives, and operational aspects. Here’s a closer look at the key contents of the document.

Mission and Functions

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The NGB’s mission is to ensure that units and members of the Army National Guard (ARNG) and Air National Guard (ANG) are trained and equipped to support federal and state missions. The document outlines the NGB’s functions, including implementing Department of Defense guidance, prescribing training requirements, and monitoring the organization and operation of National Guard units.

Transition Initiatives and Actions

The transition book discusses various initiatives aimed at enhancing the National Guard’s capabilities. These include efforts to adapt to domestic challenges in the Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and High-Yield Explosives (CBRN) Response Enterprise, the role of the Council of Governors in advising on National Guard matters, and the development of cyber capabilities to defend against threats.

Programs and Partnerships

The document highlights the National Guard’s Counterdrug Program, which supports law enforcement agencies in combating drug trafficking and use. It also details the State Partnership Program, which builds security cooperation relationships between the National Guard and foreign countries.

Strategic Planning and Budget Oversight

An important aspect of the transition book is the outline of the National Guard’s strategic planning and budget oversight. The development of a National Guard Strategy is underway to provide direction in a rapidly evolving threat environment. The document also covers budgetary aspects for the ARNG and ANG, including funding issues and highlights.

Operational Readiness

The NGB’s Continuity of Operations (COOP) Plan is briefly mentioned, emphasizing the importance of maintaining operational readiness in the face of emergencies. The plan is classified and available upon request.


The National Guard Bureau’s transition book offers valuable insights into the organization’s mission, functions, and initiatives. As the NGB continues to adapt to changing threats and fiscal realities, this document serves as a guide for strategic direction and operational readiness. The National Guard remains a vital component of the Total Force, ready to support and defend the nation in combat and in support of civil authorities.

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National Guard Bureau Transition Book, Date Unknown [43 Pages, 6.69MB]

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