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The 2003 United States Army Posture Statement

READINESS – WINNING OUR NATION’S WARS

HOMELAND SECURITY (HLS)
Homeland Security, Salt Lake City, UT
Homeland Security,
Salt Lake City, UT

Defending our Nation – abroad and at home – against foreign and domestic threats is fundamental to The Army’s legacy, and our warfighting focus provides capabilities relevant to HLS requirements. HLS missions range from traditional warfighting competencies that defeat external threats to the non-combat tasks associated with supporting civil authorities in domestic contingencies. Operation NOBLE EAGLE mobilized over 16,000 Army National Guard Soldiers to protect critical infrastructure. These Soldiers assisted the Department of Transportation in securing our Nation’s airports while also playing a vital role in securing our Nation’s borders. The Army is moving forward to provide one Civil Support Team (CST) to each state, as required by the National Defense Authorization Act for FY03. The CSTs support Incident Commanders and identify Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosive (CBRNE) agents and substances, assess current and projected consequences, advise on response measures, and assist with appropriate requests for additional support. To date, OSD has certified 30 of 32 teams, and The Army is working to establish additional teams. Collectively, the certified teams have performed 890 operational missions since 11 September 2001. The Army remains committed to HLS, dedicating Active Component (AC) and Reserve Component (RC) staffs to focus on training, doctrine, planning, and execution of DoD missions in support of civil authorities.

 

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