A question about the Army, homeland defense, and ebola…

Am I misremembering, or didn’t the Army a few years ago argue that NorthCom would be responsible for disaster response support in the US, and have trained teams to respond to weapons of mass destruction incidents?

One WMD scenario has long been biowarfare. Presumably, the Army’s trained teams for response also included biowarfare training.

So why is some guy with absolutely no personal protective equipment powerwashing ebola-laden vomit off the grounds of the Dallas apartment complex, instead of the trained response teams of the Army, or other agencies?

11 thoughts on “A question about the Army, homeland defense, and ebola…”

  1. Are you referring to the CCMRF brigade mission? That was for large-scale attack, disaster, etc. I am not even sure if anyone is still allocated to that mission. For something smaller scale, the ARNG would be the appropriate first response. National assets, while always an option, are not the first option, but the option of last recourse, once local and state resources are used up.

    1. I was thinking more along the lines of the National Guard.

      Of course, the first responders would, one would think, be the county health department. Who knows what’s going on there.

  2. Why aren’t guys with guns apprehending and quarantining everyone who has come here from West Africa and been here less than four weeks? And oh by the way, stopping anyone else from getting off the plane at Dulles or JFK?

  3. As I understand it, the apartment complex is the one that cleaned up the vomit, Dallas HHS has said it isn’t their responsibility to do the clean up of the sidewalk or the apartment. I heard a cleaning service was contracted for the apartment but still haven’t heard anything about it being done (or by who).

  4. Every state national Guard has a unit dedicated to CBRNE. The tasking at Northcom still exists but I, too, am not sure at what funding level. Remember, though, that local officials must request the assistance of the NG or state officials, Northcom. Like with Hurricane Sandy, if the locals don’t want to request help…

    1. State governors have to ask the federal government for help. I’m unaware of any legal requirement that the local authorities must ask a governor before he deploys the Guard.

  5. Mr. Simmins is correct, one WMD Detachment in every state and the one in Texas I know existed a good 4-5 years before I retired in ’09. Don’t know how much Bio of a potential pandemic exposure they worked on, but they did to much “dry runs.” Couple of cronies in that unit.

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