Blasts from the Past: A look at stories from the pages of National Defense as NDIA and the magazine approach their 100th anniversary.


In April, President Donald Trump proposed calling up the National Guard to shore up security on the Southwest border. This has precedent. In 2007, National Defense traveled to Arizona to observe Operation Jump Start after then-President George W. Bush said troops were needed to fill gaps until the Border Patrol had built up its numbers.

What we found: Many bored Guard members who had little to do but to serve as the patrol's eyes and ears. They were not allowed to apprehend border crossers themselves and had strict rules of engagement. Some...

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