Civil Support Operations
ARMY COMBINED ARMS CENTER FORT LEAVENWORTH KS
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The manuals primary focus is on the operational Army echelons that conduct civil support operations. These include battalions, brigades, division headquarters, and Army Service component headquarters. However, these echelons require extensive support from the generating force, including Army civilians and contractors, and the FM addresses that support as applicable. Although two combatant commands, United States Pacific Command and United States Northern Command, conduct civil support operations, this manual uses United States Northern Command terminology and methods throughout. Users located in the United States Pacific Command area of responsibility should refer to theater plans and standing operating procedures for specific civil support procedures in that theater. The fundamentals of civil support operations remain the same, but the unique characteristics of the Pacific region alter some of the details of defense support of civil authorities and National Guard civil support within the United States Pacific Command area of responsibility. FM 3-28 is organized into nine chapters and eleven supporting appendixes. Chapters 1 and 2 provide an overview of domestic operations and the Armys role in civil support. Chapters 3, 4, 5, and 6 explain the primary civil support tasks-provide support for domestic disasters provide support for domestic chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, or high-yield explosives incidents CBRNE incidents provide support for domestic civilian law enforcement agencies and provide other designated support. Chapter 7 provides a legal discussion aimed primarily at unit commanders, providing them with sufficient information to understand what their staff judge advocates should tell them.
- Civil Defense
- Chemical, Biological and Radiological Warfare