Advisory Panel on DoD Capabilities for Support of Civil Authorities After Certain Incidents

A RAND Legacy Project

The Advisory Panel on DoD Capabilities for Support of Civil Authorities After Certain Incidents convened regularly from 2009 to 2010 before supplying final recommendations to the U.S. Senate, Congress, and Secretary of Defense. It's charter defined the purpose of the panel:

[The panel will] provide independent advice and recommendations to the Secretary of Defense, and to the Committees on Armed Services of the Senate and the House of Representatives on the capabilities of the 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.

The materials on this site describe the activities of the panel, and are archived here as a matter of public interest.

Interested parties are welcome to download the Panel's Final Report and Recommendations (PDF).

This Advisory Panel will assess authorities and capabilities for DoD support for CBRNE (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosives) incidents in areas of policies, programs, directives, and plans for training and equipping forces, conducting support operations, coordinating with other Federal agencies, obtaining information from States and localities, and other DoD equipment needs; and for the number and location of additional National Guard Civil Support Teams (if any).

Advisory Panel on DoD Capabilities for Support of Civil Authorities After Certain Incidents

Final Report

Before Disaster Strikes - Imperatives for Enhancing Defense Support of Civil Authorities — Sep. 15, 2010

Firemen fighting fire

A panel of retired senior U.S. military officers, former Members of Congress, National Guard generals and academics with expertise in responding to domestic disasters today delivered to the Congress and the secretary of defense a far-reaching report that details how defense officials can better support the nation's response to a major disaster on United States soil.

In all, the report provides more than 40 recommendations for the president, the Congress, the secretary of defense, other federal Cabinet secretaries and governors about how to overcome obstacles that complicate the nation's ability to respond effectively to CBRNE incidents.

Enabling Legislation

Section 1082, National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008
(as amended)

Enabling Legislation

Section 1082, National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008
(as amended)
Enabling Legislation (pdf)