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Defense Civil Support: DOD Has Made Progress Incorporating the Homeland Response Force into the Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Response Enterprise

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U.S. Government Accountability Office Washington United States

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DOD is expected to play a prominent role supporting civil authorities in a CBRN incident. By 2012, DOD had established the HRF, comprising 10 geographically dispersed National Guard forces. Each of the 10 HRFs consists of 583 authorized Army National Guard and Air National Guard personnel who, as part of the HRF, are to respond within 6 to 12 hours of a request for assistance. The HRF, as part of DODs CBRN Response Enterprise, is intended to bridge the gap between the National Guards initial response to a CBRN incident and any need for additional capabilities that the DOD military services active-duty personnel can provide, if requested. The HRF is to provide command and control, search and extraction, medical triage, decontamination, fatality search and recovery, and assistance and support capabilities. House Report 114-102 included a provision that GAO review matters related to the HRF. This report 1 describes the current status of HRF capabilities and readiness and 2 assesses DODs progress incorporating the HRF into the CBRN Response Enterprise. GAO examined National Guard fiscal year 2013-15 evaluation reports and fiscal year 2012 through March 2016 readiness information reviewed combatant command plans and DOD guidance and surveyed all 10 HRF Commanders about HRF readiness.

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