Before Disaster Strikes: Imperatives for Enhancing Defense Support of Civil Authorities   [open pdf - 9MB]

"The Advisory Panel on Department of Defense Capabilities for Support of Civil Authorities After Certain Incidents (hereinafter, 'Advisory Panel') was established by Section 1082 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008, Public Law 110-181, January 26, 2008 (as further amended by Section 1034, National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010, Public Law 111-84, October 28, 2009). Those statutory provisions require the Advisory Panel to submit a report to the Secretary of Defense and to the Committees on Armed Services of the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives not later than 12 months after the date of its initial meeting, which occurred on September 15, 2009. The Advisory Panel is required to include in that report its findings, conclusions, and recommendations for improving the capabilities of the U.S. Department of Defense to provide support to U.S. civil authorities in the event of a chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, or high-yield explosive incident. Given the critically important relationships between numerous entities of government at all levels--Federal, State, and local--and, potentially, private sector and international entities in the effective provision of such support, the Advisory Panel report also contains findings and recommendations that apply to entities outside the U.S. Department of Defense. Findings and recommendations in this report should be of interest to departments and agencies of the Federal Government with responsibilities for protecting against, preparing for, and responding to chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, or high-yield explosive incidents; to Governors and to other State, territorial, and local officials with similar responsibilities; to entities in the private sector that may have capabilities to support a government response to such an incident; and to allied and friendly governments whose assistance may be offered or requested."

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