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NCJ Number: 200117 Find in a Library
Title: Terrorism and the Military's Role in Domestic Crisis Management: Background and Issues for Congress
Author(s): Jeffrey D. Brake
Date Published: April 19, 2001
Page Count: 26
Sponsoring Agency: Library of Congress
Washington, DC 20540
Sale Source: Library of Congress
Federal Research Division
101 Independence Ave, SE
Washington, DC 20540
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Format: Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This document discusses the current legislation and policies of the military’s role in supporting law enforcement during a domestic terrorism crisis.
Abstract: Crisis management is primarily a law enforcement function in managing the resources necessary to prevent or resolve a terrorist incident, including one involving weapons of mass destruction (WMD). Presidential directives contain government terrorism response policy and address National Security Council structure and Federal agency crisis response roles when responding to a domestic terrorism incident. The Department of Defense (DOD), along with many Federal agencies, is available to assist the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) in dealing with a terrorist threat or in the resolution of an actual terrorist incident. The DOD has developed and maintains plans and capabilities to respond to threats or acts of terrorism, including those involving the use of nuclear, biological, or chemical weapons. The DOD may be called upon to assist in different ways ranging from interdiction of the terrorists to the loaning of specialized equipment for use by law enforcement agencies. The DOD has published specific policy for assistance to civil law enforcement officials in emergencies involving terrorism and WMD. In the growing policy debate regarding terrorism policy, some experts say the best methods to ensure success against domestic terrorism are to more effectively employ DOD capabilities and create an entirely new agency with responsibility for homeland defense. Newly proposed congressional oversight roles are seen as an important factor in a more effective response to domestic terrorism in the United States. 3 figures, 53 footnotes
Main Term(s): Domestic Preparedness; US Department of Defense
Index Term(s): Crisis management; Domestic terrorism; Interagency cooperation; Subversive activities; Terrorism/Mass Violence; Threat assessment
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