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Soldiers on the Home Front: The Domestic Role of the American Military

by William C. Banks and Stephen Dycus,
Tulsa World, January 17, 2016

Mindful of the disputes that led them to seek independence from England, the framers of the United States Constitution tried to balance widespread fears of a standing army with a need to protect American citizens from external and internal threats. And so, although it does not mention an army, the Constitution gives the national government the power to protect the states against invasion and “domestic violence” and authorizes Congress to call out the militia to suppress insurrections “and execute the laws of the nation.”


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