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Chemical and Biological Warfare: Impact on Force Deployment   [open pdf - 1MB]

One of the seven principles of logistics identified in Joint Pub 4-0 is survivability or the capacity to prevail in the face of potential destruction. Civilian personnel who make the force deployment system function are high pay-off targets subject to chemical and biological warfare (CBW). Disrupting or deterring the United States ability to deploy forces can seriously undermine the CINC's ability to prosecute the mission. Assured availability of critical host nation, civilian, and contractor personnel is a significant feature in designing a "survivable" force deployment system. Consequently, providing CBW protection should be a priority for the CWC. Operational Commanders are likely to see a growing reliance on host nation and contractor support particularly in the theater distribution process. Greater reliance does not come, however, without risks and costs. Vulnerabilities in our force deployment system due to our current dependence on a non-military workforce presents the operational commander with significant challenges and a need to understand the requirements to provide chemical and biological protection to our host nation and civilian personnel.

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1999-05-17
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