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Title Triage for civil support : using military medical assets to respond to terrorist attacks / Gary Cecchine [and others] ; prepared for the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

Published Santa Monica, CA : National Defense Research Institute and RAND Health, 2004.


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Physical description 1 online resource (xxiii, 178 pages) : illustrations
Series Books at JSTOR Open Access
Notes "MG-217-OSD"--Cover.
"Approved for public release, distribution unlimited."
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references.
Contents Introduction -- The military health system and military support to civil authorities -- The evolution of structures, systems, and processes for domestic preparedness-- Legal and other barriers to military support to civil authorities -- Military medical support to civil authorities: historical case studies -- Exercise-based studies of potential military medical support to civil authorities -- Conclusions and recommendations -- Appendix A: Interview protocol -- Appendix B: Organizations interviewed and exercise participants -- Appendix C: DoD directives related to civil support -- Appendix D: Materials used in Georgia exercise -- Appendix E: Smallpox outbreak model used in the Georgia exercise -- Appendix F: Excerpt of quadrennial defense review.
Summary Even before the events of September 11, 2001, threat assessments suggested that the United States should prepare to respond to terrorist attacks inside its borders. This monograph examines the use of military medical assets to support civil authorities in the aftermath of a chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, or conventional high explosives attack inside the United States. In conducting this study, the authors focused on the following questions: Under what circumstances could military medical assets be requested? What sort of asset is likely to be requested? Are appropriate assets and related planning processes in place for civil support? What are the legal (and other) barriers to military support to civil authorities, and how can they be overcome, if necessary? In addition to a discussion of the applicable literature and laws, this monograph also includes historical case studies focusing on instances in which military medical assets were requested to assist civil authorities following natural disasters. It also includes a review of two exercises, based on postulated attacks, involving senior officials from local, state, and federal agencies-one involving a smallpox attack in Georgia and another involving a "dirty bomb" attack in California.
Other author Cecchine, Gary.
JSTOR issuing body.
Subject Civil defense -- United States.
Terrorism -- United States.
United States -- Armed Forces -- Medical care.
United States -- Armed Forces -- Civic action.
Electronic book.
Electronic books.
Electronic books.
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0833040618 (electronic bk.)
9781598754568 (electronic bk.)
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0833036610 (pbk. ; alk. paper)
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