Pentagon Eyes 'Civilian Surge Capability' for Domestic Disaster Response

By Jason Sherman / October 12, 2005 at 5:00 AM
The Defense Department is preparing a proposal to replicate select military capabilities in other federal agencies, a move that would help reduce the reliance on the armed forces in the wake of catastrophic domestic disasters, according to senior Pentagon officials. At the direction of Gordon England, acting deputy defense secretary, senior Pentagon officials participating in the Quadrennial Defense Review are considering what Defense Department skills might "migrate" to other federal agencies responsible for dealing with the aftermath of devastating terrorist...

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