Pentagon denounces extremism after Capitol siege as National Guard prepare for inauguration security

The Defense Department on Thursday outlined measures taken across the force to prevent and root out extremism as an expected 20,000 National Guard members arrive in Washington to provide inauguration security.

“Members of the National Guard have undergone a background investigation, are subject to continuous evaluation, and are enrolled in an insider threat program,” Gary Reid, the Defense Department’s director for defense intelligence, told Pentagon journalists on a briefing call.

Reid said the department is doing everything possible to eliminate extremism, including working closely with the FBI to identify current and former service members who may pose a danger.

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