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What function can the military play in preserving the us from terrorist assaults?

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Other uncertainties are unique to the Army’s role in HLS, such as those involving the potential shortfalls that may emerge in civilian capabilities that the Army could be called on to fill. The Army, in line with DoD’s capabilities-based approach, has units of different kinds ready for HLS activities, though most of these are also available for contingencies overseas. It has not established specific or separate requirements for HLS. RAND studies in the past have sought to define the Army’s HLS requirements by relying on historical Army experiences in various types of domestic emergencies and then extrapolating from these to define responses to potential terrorist attack scenarios involving conventional, chemical, biological, and radiological weapons.

Whatever the type of unit, it would probably not have as much mobility as could be needed for HLS missions. Ideally, the units would be able to fall in on Humvees and trucks located close to the emergency, but this requires preplanning and may not always be available. Regardless of the type of unit, soldiers would be deployed as riflemen, leaving behind all tracked vehicles and heavy weapons. This type of deployment is the same as what is now envisioned for units assigned the QRF and RRF mission.

4 Illustrative CSB Force Structure Unit Type Headquarters detachment Communications platoon* Supply company Maintenance company Medical company Military police company* Transportation company Engineer company* Strength 51 25 62 167 100 177 167 145 Total 894 SOURCES: RAND, based on data from Army TO&E, 1999, and the MFORCE database, 2001. NOTE: * indicates units added to a typical forward support battalion structure specifically to support the HLS mission. Homeland Security Possibilities and Army Responses 35 to their units within 12 hours of recall.

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