A Curious Void - Army Doctrine and Toxic Industrial Materials in the Urban Battlespace
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MILITARY STUDIES
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This Monograph investigates US Army potential to operate in a toxic urban environment. The monograph begins by demonstrating the increasing likelihood of urban operations precipitated by global urbanization. Joined with the rapidly growing population is a growing list of operationally significant toxic materials in the urban environment. Toxic industrial chemicals, radioactive material and industrial hazards present unique hazards throughout the urban complex. The monograph frames the civilian emergency response capability in the DTLOMS model. Since Civilian emergency response agencies routinely plan, identify and mitigate toxic materials, analysis of their methods highlighted some of the critical functions. After Civilian capabilities are evaluated, the monograph identifies the current US Army capability using the DTLOMS model. A case study of the US Armys response to toxic materials in Bosnia-Herzegovina during Operation Joint Endeavor demonstrated the incoherent US response. The monograph concludes that US Army forces do not have the DTLOMS to plan, identify and mitigate these hazards. The conclusion recommends several changes needed to meet this new operational challenge.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics