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Air National Guard Plays Outsize Role in Air Force Drone Strikes, Military
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The Wall Street Journal (Subscription Required)
The Air National Guard, at the center of an investigation into the leak of highly classified
documents, has moved over two decades to the forefront of military operations, analyzing much
of the intelligence for drone strikes and carrying out many of those missions. The Guard, which
was once viewed as largely a strategic reserve force, now provides half of the Air Force’s
targeting analysis, according to data provided by officials to The Wall Street Journal.