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State Defence Forces (United States)

Name assigned by coder: no
PGM ID Number: 393
Country: United States
Date formed: Jan. 1, 1980
Details of Formation: Established in the early 1980s as volunteer auxiliaries of state National Guards, amid fears that a state's entire National Guard could be sent to a conflict overseas, leaving the home front unprotected. The unarmed state "defense force" or "state guard" units were modeled after citizen brigades organized during the two world wars to patrol armories and handle the absent National Guard's duties in the event of a riot or natural disaster. Only the Alaskan forces are armed, although evidence suggests many units armed themselves.
Date dissolved: Unknown
Details of Termination: Still existed in 2007
Successor group(s): none
Private Military Company? no
Government Relation: type2
Government Link(s): state/military institution; sub-national government
Training and Equipment yes
Shared Information and Joint Operations yes
Shared personnel no
Types of Material Support: domestic government
State Sponsor(s): none
Other Connection(s):
Membership: professional group; ex soldiers; workers
Location: Nationwide
Force Strength: [11000, 11611]
Target(s): no information
Purpose(s): protect state, national or religious institutions; protect property and investment; self-defense and security
Other Information: Defence forces by state (2003): Alabama 400, Alaska 267, California 492, Georgia 650, Indiana 315, Maryland 200, Michigan 17, Mississippi 300, New Mexico 300, New York 1,200, North Carolina 65, Ohio 629, Oregon 185, Puerto Rico 1,650, South Carolina 1,350, Tennessee 925, Texas 1,518, Vermont 300 Virginia 800, Washington 48. Total 11,611