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The Commander's Emergency Response Program: A Versatile Strategic Weapon System Requiring an Azimuth Adjustment

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Air War College Air University Maxwell AFB United States

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The purpose of this paper is to demonstrate the versatility of the Commanders Emergency Response Program CERP and to provide insights that will improve its effectiveness and credibility. The programs versatility is established by presenting its utility to serve as a vital non-kinetic tool during each facet of a regime change campaign. A regime change campaign, where U.S. forces forcibly topple an existing government and seek to replace it with a new administration, is arguably the most complex, multifaceted mission that can be asked of the military. Thus, if CERP is applicable across the full spectrum of operations inherent in this most ambitious of undertakings, it signifies its relevance to prospective military missions as well. The benefit accrued from demonstrating the programs universal applicability coupled with providing insights to enhance its waning credibility is the preservation of this strategic program.

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