ABSTRACT

Command and Control in Domestic Maritime Disaster Response Operations   [open pdf - 1MB]

The U.S. Coast Guard has responded to numerous maritime disasters in the last few years, which highlights the need for efficient command and control. These multi-agency, multi-jurisdictional domestic maritime disaster response operations (DMDRO) have reinforced the highly visible precedent that the federal government will assist local and state agencies whenever necessary. As this trend is likely to continue, action should be taken to promote efficient use of manpower and resources and prevent the ad hoc command and control arrangement that arises with each new DMDRO. This is an issue for the operational commander because it requires massive and immediate deployment of resources to offer the best hope of finding survivors and preserving evidence. DMDRO can affect civil-military relations, mission readiness, ability to respond to other crises, unit preparedness, budgets, etc. Thus, the operational commander must have a smoothly functioning command and control (C2) element to ensure that each phase of DMDRO is carried out safely and efficiently.

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2001-02-05
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