Palin: National Security Missile Defense Knowledge?
By Abert N. Milliron, Editor, Politisite.com, Iron Mill Interactive Media, Inc
Governor Palin has been touted as an unexperienced Governor with little National Security experience. Alaska provides for a different type of Governor. While she is briefed on the defense of the Alaska pipeline. She gets further briefings on the Strategic Missile Defense System, located near Ft. Greeley Alaska. As other Governors, she does not have a security clearance like a President. She is cleared to get certain Security level information. Senator Obama, by virtual of his cocaine use and his entanglements with William Ayers, a man who bombed the Pentagon, will receive a briefing on national security. The President is the only person that doesn't have to get a security clearance for Top security briefings.
Governor Palin being an Alaska Governor and the Commander in Chief of the Alaska National Guard receives briefings on national security and the inter workings of the missile system that is deployed in her state. The reason? The missile defense shield is an Alaska National Guard Duty. The rhetoric that is circulating about her lack of experience and National Security experience should be put to rest.
One area of Sarah Palin's background that may help her is Alaska's unique role in our national security and homeland defense. Several folks have have mentioned this but Tom W. was specific and his info jibes with the record.
Alaska is the first line of defense in our missile interceptor defense system. The 49th Missile Defense Battalion of the Alaska National Guard is the unit that protects the entire nation from ballistic missile attacks. It’s on permanent active duty, unlike other Guard units.
As governor of Alaska, Palin is briefed on highly classified military issues, homeland security, and counter terrorism. Her exposure to classified material may rival even Baden's.
She's also the commander in chief of the Alaska State Defense Force (ASDF), a federally recognized militia incorporated into Homeland Security's counter terrorism plans.
Palin is privy to military and intelligence secrets that are vital to the entire country's defense. Given Alaska's proximity to Russia, she may have security clearances we don't even know about.
According to the Washington Post, she first met with McCain in February, but nobody ever found out. This is a woman used to keeping secrets.
She can be entrusted with our national security, because she already is.
I agree with that assessment except for the thought that her access to classified material may rival Biden's. Highly unlikely as Biden's seat on the Foreign Relations committee would expose him to information on a very wide array of topics. But her experience in keeping the homeland safe fits perfectly with her image as the competent American woman. It's not the same as having your finger on the button, but it a heckuva lot closer than Biden or Barry O has ever been.
It will be tremendous fun to watch a couple of complete political tools like the Hope&Change duo attempt to attack a record of substance not words, a record of action not bloviation, a record of kicking ass and taking names against what now.......?
Soldiers of the 49th Missile Defense Battalion defend America from an intercontinental ballistic missile threat 24 hours a day, seven days a week, while maintaining competency in all warrior tasks. (Photo by Sgt. Jack W. Carlson III, Unit Reporter, 49th Missile Defense Battalion.)
U.S. Northern Command brought the 100th Missile
Defense Brigade (Ground-Based Midcourse Defense) to
operational level for the first time in response to the July
2006 North Korean missile crisis. Previously maintained
in test mode, the brigade, headquartered at Colorado
Springs, Colorado, and its 49th Missile Defense Battalion
(Ground-Based Missile Defense) at Fort Greeley, Alaska,
remained at high alert status for the duration of the crisis.