Accession Number:

ADA589451

Title:

Use of the Armed Forces for Domestic Law Enforcement

Descriptive Note:

Research paper

Corporate Author:

ARMY WAR COLLEGE CARLISLE BARRACKS PA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2013-03-01

Pagination or Media Count:

40.0

Abstract:

The Armed Forces have always provided support to civil law enforcement. It is a legitimate, lawful mission authorized by the Constitution and supported by centuries of precedent. Accordingly, the Armed Forces must be prepared to support domestic law enforcement. This requires an understanding of the historical background, societal concerns, and legal authorities involved when the military operates within the Homeland. Not only is this understanding required to maximize effectiveness and efficiency, it is also required to avoid abuse when the Armed Forces are called upon to support domestic law enforcement. This paper assists with that understanding by outlining the societal concerns Americans have regarding the use of the Armed Forces domestically and by explaining the legal basis for the support to domestic law enforcement mission. It concludes by identifying current deficiencies in training and offering some suggestions on how to improve preparedness in this area.

Subject Categories:

  • Sociology and Law
  • Military Forces and Organizations

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE