Consequence Management: What Does Right Look Like?
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Colonel William Steele
US Army

USAWC Class of 2010

The views expressed in the document are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the U.S. Army War College, the U.S. Department of the Army, the U.S. Department of Defense, or the U.S. Government.



Since the tragic events of September 11, 2001, many people in the government and the Department of Defense have debated the domestic role of the military. With the increased possibility of a terrorist attack using a Weapon of Mass Destruction (WMD) in the homeland, many in the Department of Defense and the federal government believe that the military should play a greater role in homeland security. They argue that the military should be prepared to fight the nation's wars and should also provide a force to assist in the consequence management from a successful WMD attack.

This AY-10 USAWC Resident Student author identifies many issues related to this debate ranging from funding, training, equipping, size of the force, and the ability to move to the incident site quickly and with the capabilities to save the lives of those affected by the attack. His paper focuses on determining the correct size and defining the capabilities that such a force should have to allow it to move quickly enough to the incident site to conduct its primary mission, saving lives.

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