Accession Number:

ADA589878

Title:

Designing the Army's Future Active Duty Weapons of Mass Destruction Response: Is the Defense Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and High-Yield Explosives Response Force (DCRF) the Right Force at the Right Time?

Descriptive Note:

Master's thesis

Corporate Author:

ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLLEGE FORT LEAVENWORTH KS

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2013-06-14

Pagination or Media Count:

146.0

Abstract:

With the ever-evolving contemporary nature of external and internal threats to the safety and security of the American homeland, it becomes increasingly important to consider all of the possible contingencies for which an active-duty military force might have to provide emergency response and consequence management CM. The active force assigned to provide support during a major event on U.S. soil involving the use of chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, or high-yield explosive CBRNE weapons is the Defense CBRNE Response Force DCRF. The purpose of this thesis is to examine the capacity of the DCRF to respond to a situation similar to the standardized scenarios presented as part of the National Preparedness Guidelines. The nascent nature of the DCRF and the difficulties of integrating it into national-level exercises involving local-level and state-level responders including National Guard forces suggest that further study of the design of the DCRF is warranted. The DCRF itself is stood-up on a rotational basis between two Maneuver Enhancement Brigades MEBs within the United States, leading to long train-up times and challenges with continuity, collaborative training, and operational tempo. The thesis presents suggestions for DCRF design, planning, and training that could significantly improve the nations ability to provide essential support in the event of a major CBRNE incident.

Subject Categories:

  • Military Forces and Organizations
  • Civil Defense
  • Chemical, Biological and Radiological Warfare

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE