Size, mix of forces in future concern Army National Guard director. 

The director of the Army National Guard warned against “overly optimistic” estimates of how large the nation’s land forces should be in the future in brief remarks at the Guard-Reserve breakfast before the formal opening of the Association of the United States Army’s Annual Meeting and Exposition.

Speaking Oct. 21, Lt. Gen. William Ingram said the National Guard is “not going to go back to being a strategic force,” even in a time of constrained resources.

Noting that half of the Army National Guard are combat veterans, Ingram said that he will work with the Defense Department and the Army, through established processes, on the proper active/reserve component mix.

Ingram added, “We’re especially concerned about our mil-tech,” who are critical to unit readiness but were furloughed like other Department of the Army civilians.