Ten years ago, 9/11 changed our psyche concerning national security and personal privacy. Our economy has become fragile due in part to military commitments in Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as reckless spending at several governmental levels. Homeland Security struggles to find a cost-effective strategy against domestic attacks, including grants for first-responder training, airport security, and measures to protect ports, harbors, and the vast U.S. coasts and inland waterways. The challenge is to seek opportunities for heightening security that are low-cost, efficient, and readily available. One such organization, already in some states, is the Naval Militia.
Initially the states’ naval force, the Naval Militia precedes the U.S. Naval Reserve, which in 1915 was established to consolidate training and personnel and relieved states of that expense. Traditionally the Navy has been a far-from-home service, performing its mission without a presence in most communities. But the past ten years have seen a resurgence of interest in the militia because it is an inexpensive force multiplier.