About 20,000 National Guard Members To Deploy For Inauguration, Officials Say

Updated 3:15 p.m. ET Local and federal security officials expect about 20,000 National Guard members to be involved in securing the capital for President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration next week. “I think you can expect to see somewhere upwards of beyond 20,000 members of the National Guard that will be here in the footprint of the District of Columbia,” Metropolitan Police Chief Robert Contee said on Wednesday . It represents an uptick in National Guard troops that will be deployed to the area. Army Times reported earlier this week that the Pentagon had authorized 15,000 National Guard members to be sent to the District for the inauguration. He said the Inauguration has been designated as a “special security event” adding that the final numbers of troops would come from the Secret Service, leaving open the possibility the numbers could fluctuate. The exact number to be deployed is still being worked out by the Secret Service, the lead agency on inauguration security, and others, a U.S

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