The D.C. division of the National Guard is one of several federal agencies dealing with furloughs right now.
"It will have a degrading effect on readiness," says Army Sec. John McHugh. "That's inescapable."
The result of the furloughs is a smaller force, ready to go at a moment's notice.
Sec. McHugh says he isn't worried though. "Whatever challenges may arise as always, they'll be ready to meet them affectively and quickly."
The D.C. National Guard provides support in a variety of ways. For example, troops provide extra security during presidential inaugurations and during Fourth of July festivities on the Mall.