Before Disaster Strikes

Imperatives for Enhancing Defense Support of Civil Authorities

Published In: Before Disaster Strikes: Imperatives for Enhancing Defense Support of Civil Authorities (Washington, D.C.: USGPO, Sep. 2010)

Posted on RAND.org on September 01, 2010

by Andrew R. Morral, Michael A. Wermuth

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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.

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