Evaluating the National Guard Domestic Operations Force Structure
AIR COMMAND AND STAFF COLLEGE, DISTANCE LEARNING, AIR UNIVERSITY MAXWELL AFB United States
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Between 2003 and 2012, the force structure and mission responsibilities of the National Guard NG Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear Enhanced Response Force Packages CERFP and the Homeland Response Forces HRF have experienced significant changes. These changes are evident in their manpower, equipment, training and overall mission requirements. However, an analysis and the effects of these changes have not been fully explored to understand the impacts on the HRFs and CERFPs. An analysis is necessary to ensure these forces remain fully capable of responding to a Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear CBRN event or any natural or manmade disasters in the US homeland. This research paper asks the question, Are the HRF and CERFP forces properly structured, trained, and aligned among the Federal Emergency Management Agency FEMA regions to respond to disasters An Evaluation method is used in this research paper to examine the original HRF and CERFP implementation concepts, training performance observations, results from training exercises, and the overall alignment of these forces across the nation. Evaluating these areas will yield information critical for senior Department of Defense DoD and program decision makers on the current and future construct of the Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear Response Enterprise CRE. This information is important, because it will ensure limited resources are tailored to meet mission responsibilities and the forces are strategically aligned to respond to incidents in the US homeland.
- Military Forces and Organizations
- Chemical, Biological and Radiological Warfare