Army Reserve Role in Military Support to Civil Authorities: A New Approach for the 21st Century [open pdf - 1MB]
Natural and manmade disasters are dynamic, untimely and stressful occurrences. Scientists from around the world have predicted ever-increasing, dramatic changes to the global environment. International terrorism and other asymmetric threats will increase within our borders. The potential for disasters has never been greater. During the foreseeable future, the U.S. military is expected to operate in a climate of tight budgets and increased missions while reducing its personnel. The time has come for the U.S. Army Reserve to play a key leadership role in domestic disaster relief. This country's military was founded on the concept of the citizen-soldier, dedicated to the nation. This paper will explore new ways the U.S. Army Reserve can be used as a significant team-player in the management of military response to domestic disaster relief operations, given an uncertain and volatile future in the 21st Century.