Congressional Research Service, Library of Congress Washington United States
The Department of Defense DOD is one of many U.S. government agencies participating in the Federal Emergency Management Agency FEMA-led COVID-19 national response framework. As developments unfold, interest has grown regarding what DOD might be able to contribute to the U.S. governments COVID-19 response. On March 24, 2020, Secretary of Defense Esper stated that DODs top COVID-19 priorities are protecting the Defense Departments people, maintaining military readiness, and supporting the whole-of-government interagency response. With respect to whole-of-government response, below is a non-exhaustive survey of some DOD capabilities that might be applied to the current situation if directed to do so.