Pentagon refines DC National Guard approval authority after Capitol riot

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Pentagon on Thursday said the defense secretary would be the individual solely responsible for approving requests that would involve District of Columbia National Guard troops in civilian law enforcement activities. The move came as a result of a months-long Pentagon review of how the military generally handles requests for the National Guard within Washington, D.C. The district’s National Guard is the only one in the country that reports to the president, with the authority previously delegated to the Army secretary by the defense secretary. The review came after qu…

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