Civil Support and the U.S. Army Newsletter
Table of Contents
- Department of Defense Support to Domestic Incidents
- Army Posture Statement 2009 Extracts
- Command and Control: Command and Control of Military Forces in the Homeland
- U.S. Northern Command & Defense Support of Civil Authorities
- U.S. Army North: We're Here To Help
- Joint Task Force Civil Support (JTF-CS): A National Asset
- Support to Disaster Response: The Science and Art of Disaster Response by the National Guard
- "Golden Guardian 2006" U.S. Army North Prepares for Disaster Response
- Support to Law Enforcement/Force Protection: The National Guard Transforming to an Operational Force
- The Role of State Defense Forces in Homeland Security
- The Role of Federal Military Forces in Domestic Law Enforcement Title
- Domestic Operational Law: The Posse Comitatus Act and Homeland Security
- Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and High-Yield Explosive Preparation and Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and High-Yield Explosive Consequence Management Response Force: Preparedness for a CBRNE Event
- CCMRF and Use of Federal Armed Forces In Civil Support Operations
- First Brigade Third Infantry Division as the Inaugural Task Force Operations for the 2009 Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and High-Yield Explosives Consequence Management Response Force
This inaugural edition of the Civil Support and the U.S. Army Newsletter is intended to provide a forum for ongoing discussions and efforts balancing the involvement and participation of today's federal and state military forces on the "homeland battlefield." The "homeland battlefield" could be a coastal city hit by a catastrophic hurricane, a location on the U.S. border, a container and shipyard, a street riot in major city, a championship-level football game, a bridge collapse, or even a political party's convention.
Following a May 2009 Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) meeting, President Obama stated, "True preparedness means having federal and state and local governments all coordinating effectively." What could once be characterized as a "hand-wave relationship" between the military and federal, state, and other civilian agencies and first responders for disasters or short-duration events now has become a full embrace to facilitate victory and survival. Additionally, since 9/11, the Department of Defense was tasked to ". . . provide forces and capabilities in support of domestic chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, high-yield explosive consequence management, with an emphasis on preparing for multiple, simultaneous mass casualty incidents."
This collection of articles is a sampling of civil support, hot-button topics and will expose some of the differences among various federal, state, other civilian agencies and first responders, and the diverse challenges each face in their areas of responsibility.
The primary audience for this newsletter includes: Army leaders, planners, and operators; the Department of Homeland Security; U.S. Northern Command; U.S. Army North; FEMA; the National Guard Bureau; and other local, state, and federal governmental agencies executing defense support of civil authorities operations. Formation of new partnerships and relationships must occur, along with the creation of new proficiencies in training, rehearsals, and collaborative communications. These partnerships and relationships will promote an enhanced understanding of organizational capabilities and limitations.
Future volumes of this newsletter will continue to capture and solicit articles highlighting high-quality examples of civil support without inhibiting discussion on areas needing improvement. I trust you will find these articles informative and consider using them as desk references on these critical issues. Thank you for your inputs to date and I look forward to your future civil support contributions.
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