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Defense Support of Civil Authorities Course

What is it? United States Army North conducts the strategic-level Defense Support of Civil Authorities course, which attracts military and civilian attendees from across the United States. The course focuses on how Department of Defense forces may support civil authorities in response to a natural or manmade disaster. The command developed the course at the direction of U.S. Northern Command, the unified command responsible for homeland defense, civil support and theater security cooperation with Canada and Mexico.

What has the Army done? Army North conducts approximately 12 courses per year throughout the United States. The three-phase course includes a distance learning course as a general overview and a one-week interactive classroom session focusing on intergovernmental and interagency response. The third phase provides regular updates on new developments in policy, strategy and doctrine related to homeland defense, homeland security and emergency preparedness so alumni can remain current. Army North has established a Web site, to provide course information and resources to those interested in defense support of civil authorities.

What efforts does the Army plan to continue in the future? Army North is working with the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency to create a similar course geared toward the interagency audience. The first course will be held at the Emergency Management Institute in Emmitsburg, Md., next spring.

Why is this important to the Army? Army North is working to improve understanding of the military's role in defense support of civil authorities. The command will continue to build stronger relationships with the civilian agencies that lead disaster response in the United States.

INFORMATION YOU CAN USE

- 2007 Strategic Communication Guide - Read the 2007 Army Strategic Communication Guide for key messages and updates.
- Strategic Communication Coordination Group (SCCG) Workspace
- Army Public Affairs Portal

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