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1998-03-18 21:21:51


Urban Population Control



This document, released in January, 1998, describes the military's proposed system of urban peacekeeping after an attack by weapons of mass destruction.

The effects of these attacks are the same as the effects of a y2k-related breakdown of public utilities and other parts of our critical infrastructure.

Part 5 of this document includes some especially interesting provisions.

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Civil Disturbances: The potential for lawlessness and disorder will exist following any WMD incident. Units designated with on-street civil disturbance missions need to have awareness level training on WMD incidents. . . .

Evacuation: National Guard units will be required to assist in any evacuation ordered by the local officials. Military Police and other types of units may be called upon to assist in managing the flow of traffic during an evacuation. Because this mission will be performed outside the hot zone and National Guard units regularly perform this type of mission in other disaster situations, no additional training beyond basic awareness will be required.

Mass Care Elements

Mission: Provide support to the incident commander in providing shelter, feeding, emergency first aid, and bulk distribution of emergency relief supplies. Specific tasks and capabilities include:

Shelter: The provision of emergency shelter for disaster victims includes the use of pre-identified shelter sites in existing structures; creation of temporary facilities such as tent cities, or the temporary construction of shelters; and use of similar facilities outside the disaster-affected area, should evacuation be necessary. Military installations and facilities such as the armories and reserve centers can be used. The military can also be tasked to provide tentage, cots, etc. in the event of an incident.

Feeding: The provision for feeding disaster victims and emergency workers through a combination of fixed sites, mobile feeding units, and bulk food distribution. Such operations will be based on sound nutritional standards and will include provisions for meeting dietary requirements of disaster victims with special dietary needs. Mobile kitchens and MRE’s may be requested from the military to support mass feeding operations. . . .

Communications Element

Mission: This function is to assure the provision of telecommunications support to the response forces following a WMD emergency. This functional element coordinates actions to assure the provision of required telecommunications support. This functional element will coordinate the establishment of required temporary telecommunications. Support includes Government-furnished telecommunications, commercially leased communications, and telecommunications.

Units Employed: Tactical Army, Navy, and Air Force communications units may provide communications elements to link key command and control and deployed assets. Each NBC command element will consist of an information specialist.


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