Homeland Security Discussion 4

The US Northern Command (USNORTHCOM) was established Oct. 1, 2002 to provide command and control of Department of Defense (DOD) homeland defense efforts and to coordinate defense of civil authorities. When Hurricane Katrina struck in August 2005, the US government went into action to provide food, shelter, and security for the affected areas, with varying degrees of success. Given the magnitude of the disaster, the government relied on private companies to provide many emergency services.2002 to provide command and control of Department of Defense (DOD) homeland defense efforts and to coordinate defense support of civil authorities. When Hurricane Katrina struck in August 2005, the US government went into action to provide food, shelter, and security for the affected areas, with varying degrees of success. Given the magnitude of the disaster, the government relied on private companies to provide many emergency services.

1. For an event such as Hurricane Katrina, what did US military forces bring? What did they not bring that, in retrospect, should they reasonably have been expected to provide?

 

2. Should private security companies be hired by the US government to provide assistance in the event of a major natural disaster, as was the case following Hurricane Katrina?

Remember to support your statements with examples and references.

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