Accession Number:

ADA470695

Title:

Active Component Rapid Response Force; The Answer to the Military's Issues with Efficient and Effective Support during Response to and Recovery from Incidents of National Significance?

Descriptive Note:

Monograph

Corporate Author:

ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MILITARY STUDIES

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2007-03-30

Pagination or Media Count:

75.0

Abstract:

Since September 11, 2001 911 heavy emphasis has been placed on securing the United States and its interests from terrorism. However, little emphasis has been placed on the importance of an efficient and effective response to incidents of national significance that do not fall into the realm of terrorist activity. The events of Hurricane Katrina brought to light significant response and recovery issues associated with emergency situations within the Continental United States CONUS and the efficiency of the federal military response. Through April 2006 the mainstay of guidance for the use of active military forces Title 10 has been Department of Defense DoD Directive 3025.15 Military Support to Civil Authorities MSCA. This directive includes a myriad of enclosures and supporting documents that outline when, where, and to what extent active military personnel can assist or support civil authorities. In an effort to streamline this effort, MSCA is currently under revision and will soon be published as Defense Support of Civil Authorities DSCA. This new document attempts to mitigate some of the recurring issues regarding the use of active component forces and to provide a more succinct foundation for more efficient use of these forces. However, this revision will not be enough to improve the active militarys response to, and support of, recovery from incidents of national significance without the development of a dedicated force designed to provide quick and efficient assessment of the situation and initial command and control. The recommendation of this research is the formation of dedicated Rapid Reaction Units RRU by the Federal Emergency Management Agency FEMA. These RRUs will be specially trained and equipped to respond to incidents of national significance.

Subject Categories:

  • Government and Political Science
  • Sociology and Law
  • Military Forces and Organizations
  • Civil Defense

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE