Shannon M. Smith

Shannon M. Smith is Associate Professor of History, College of Saint Benedict & Saint John's University

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National Guard Citizen-soldiers stand in formation after a U.S. Capitol tour on January 23, 2021 in Washington, DC. Due to COVID-19, Capitol tours had been restricted since March 13, 2020, but have exclusively been reopened for National Guard members. (Photo by Brandon Bell/Getty Images) Views
Friday, February 19, 2021
How the National Guard Became the Go-to Military Force for Riots and Civil Disturbances
The Pentagon has approved leaving 5,000 troops deployed indefinitely to protect the U.S. Capitol from domestic extremist threats, down from about 26,000 deployed after the Jan. 6 insurrection. The National Guard is a federally funded reserve force of the U.S. Army or Air Force based in states...
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