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The Nation

July 16, 1986

The Defense Department, challenged by states who oppose the training of National Guard units in Central America, urged Congress to clarify the reserve's dual state-federal status in peacetime. James Webb, assistant defense secretary for reserve affairs, told a Senate Armed Services subcommittee that the overseas training missions "are absolutely essential." The federal government is accused of unconstitutionally trying to remove governors from the chain of command in the use of National Guard units.

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