Practicing What You Preach: Achieving Unity of Effort and Unified Action During Domestic Response Operations
NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI JOINT MILITARY OPERATIONS DEPT
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The Department of Defense DOD strongly advocates unity of effort and coordinated action in their myriad joint publications and doctrine however, DOD has yet to achieve these overarching objectives when working across interagency lines in the domestic realm. DOD Combatant Commanders have chosen instead to create a separate parallel command structure that results in inefficient response operations and duplication of effort, and may yield fatal consequences during the next catastrophic domestic event. This paper will examine the evolution of the National Incident Management System NIMS, the National Response Plan NRP and DODs role in domestic response operations review select lessons learned from major disaster response operations, National Special Security Events NSSE, and national exercises and provide recommendations to fully integrate DOD capabilities into domestic response operations to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the nations management of homeland security operations and catastrophic events.
- Medicine and Medical Research
- Civil Defense