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Consequence Management - Ready or Not?

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Consequence management is a critical issue addressed in the new National Military Strategy. It tells foes of the United States that the Department of Defense DoD will have sufficient capability and readiness to respond to a Weapons of Mass DestructionEffects attack. An effective consequence management strategy deters and dissuades the enemys use of weapons of mass destruction. As DoD adopts the National Military Strategy and its consequence management approach, it must identify Weapons of Mass DestructionEffects threats and appropriate responses. The National Military Strategy contains a consequence management strategy that meets three ends enhanced protection for the force while fighting through a Weapons of Mass DestructionEffects event response to an internal DoD Weapons of Mass DestructionEffects attack and meeting the needs of a lead federal agency should a foreign or domestic Weapons of Mass DestructionEffects event occur. DoD has done much to ensure it is ready for such an event, but improvements can still be made. DoD must conduct a thorough analysis to address gaps and duplications in the technical response system. This paper recommends that DoD develop Weapons of Mass DestructionEffects performance standards for response assets implement a consequence management readiness reporting system for technical assets combine guidance on foreign and domestic Weapons of Mass DestructionEffects events into one overarching consequence management document use the Federal Emergency Response Agency model to study means gaps for assets listed in Joint Chiefs of Staff Instruction 3110.16 and establish performance standards for tactical and operational consequence management response assets. 1 figure, 19 refs.

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  • Civil Defense
  • Defense Systems
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

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