Subcommittee Hearing: Defense Support of Civil Authorities: A Vital Resource in the Nation’s Homeland Security Missions

June 10, 2015 2:00 PM | 311 Cannon House Office Building

The National Guard, active duty, and reserve forces provide critical capabilities in response to terrorist attacks, major disasters, and other emergencies. This hearing will examine the vital role played by the military in homeland defense and explore their support capabilities in cybersecurity, chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) incident response, and other disaster response activities.

Opening Statements

Rep. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., Subcommittee Chairman 
Opening Statement [PDF]

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Mr. Robert J. Fenton, Jr.
Deputy Associate Administrator
Office of Response and Recovery
Federal Emergency Management Agency
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Witness Statement [PDF]

Mr. Robert G. Salesses
Deputy Assistant Secretary
Homeland Defense Integration and Defense Support of Civil Authorities
U.S. Department of Defense
Witness Statement [PDF]

Brigadier General Joseph E. Whitlock
Deputy Director
Western Hemisphere
The Joint Staff, J-5
Strategic Plans and Policy Directorate
U.S. Department of Defense
Witness Statement [PDF]

Joseph W. Kirschbaum, Ph.D.
Defense Capabilities and Management
U.S. Government Accountability Office
Witness Statement [PDF]


Major General Michael T. McGuire
The Adjutant General
Department of Emergency and Military Affairs
State of Arizona
Witness Statement [PDF]

Mr. Jimmy J. Gianato
Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management
State of West Virginia
Testifying on behalf of the National Emergency Management Association
Witness Statement [PDF]

Mr. Peter Gaynor
Emergency Management Office
State of Rhode Island
Witness Statement [PDF]