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What is Jade Helm? An Historical and Political Look at the Military Exercise

Starting in July, several states — including Texas — will participate in an 8-week-long exercise called Jade Helm 15. Gov. Greg Abbott came under fire for ordering the Texas State Guard to monitor the U.S. military while it conducted the training exercises. That got us wondering — has the Texas State Guard been used like […]

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Starting in July, several states — including Texas — will participate in an 8-week-long exercise called Jade Helm 15. Gov. Greg Abbott came under fire for ordering the Texas State Guard to monitor the U.S. military while it conducted the training exercises.

That got us wondering — has the Texas State Guard been used like this before? And what are the political ramifications of Gov. Abbott’s decision to have state forces monitor the federal military training?

Bob Buzzanco, history professor at the University of Houston, and Ric Stoll from Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy, help us get some perspective on the story.

MORE: Texas Governor’s Plan To Monitor Military Exercises Splits State GOP (NPR, May 9, 2015)

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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