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Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Active Duty military relief force possibly to be created in aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

The New York Times reports that the Pentagon is mulling the creation of an active duty relief force:

The military's Northern Command is developing a proposal to organize a specially trained and equipped active-duty force that could respond quickly to assist relief efforts in the event of overwhelming natural disasters, like major hurricanes, floods or earthquakes.
The proposal, one of the first results from the military's study of shortcomings in the relief effort after Hurricane Katrina, could resolve significant stumbling blocks to the deployment of active-duty forces into a disaster area on American soil.
President Bush has urged Congress to consider laws allowing a greater role for the active-duty armed forces in disaster relief.
The force under consideration would keep hundreds of soldiers standing by on short notice to assist National Guard soldiers. The new unit could include military communications technicians, logistics specialists, doctors and nurses, engineers and even infantry.
The active-duty forces could rapidly fill the gap if state and local police officers, firefighters and local medical personnel were overwhelmed and unable to serve as the first line of relief, as happened during Hurricane Katrina.


Admiral Keating said a contingency force would be loosely modeled on existing rapid-response forces like the ready brigade of the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, N.C., which can deploy anywhere in the world in 18 hours, and others that stand ready to deal with domestic terrorist attacks.

If such a force were created it should fall under the control of the US Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operation Command (USACAPOC)at Fort Bragg and dispatched from there to wherever it is needed. We should not limit its use to the United States, this force could be of great utility in responding to natural disasters around the world.


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3:56 AM  

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