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National Guard, Active Forces and Natural Disasters

Active Duty and National Guard units have been used in the past during natural disaster response operations domestically and internationally. Discuss the capabilities and limitations of 1) Active Duty and 2) National Guard being used to support disaster relief efforts.

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Active Duty and National Guard units have been used in the past during natural disaster response operations domestically and internationally. The level of response to natural disasters determines the level of response. In the event local emergency managers need additional assistance the National Guard may be requested. In the event the response is escalated to the Federal level, Active Duty forces may be dispatched. Active Duty's primary mission is war fighting and the military "serves a secondary role in supporting disaster incidents" (FEMA Emergency Management Institute, 2011). The level of response is determined by the ensuring compliance with laws, determining the lethality of the situation ("potential use of lethal force by or against DoD Forces"), the safety of the forces, the cost (source ...

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This detailed solution discusses the limitations and capabilities of the National Guard and Active Duty forces during a natural emergencies and outlines their duties. Includes APA formatted reference.

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