Foreign Consequence Management

Tuesday January 17, 2012

What is it?

Foreign Consequence Management is the assistance provided by the U.S. Government to a requesting host nation, with the Department of State as the lead federal agency, to mitigate the effects of a deliberate or inadvertent chemical, biological, radiological, or nuclear attack or event, and to restore essential operations and services.

What has the Army done?

Within European Command (USEUCOM) area of responsibility, U.S. Army Europe's (USAREUR) 7th Civil Support Command, an Army Reserve unit based in Kaiserslautern, Germany, provides USAREUR interface for consequence management between host nation authorities, the U.S. Department of State, and other U.S. organizations/services. Assigned to the 21st Theater Sustainment Command, the 7th Civil Support Command's mission is to provide trained and ready, forward-stationed foreign consequence management, command and control, civil support team, civil affairs, and combat service support enabler capabilities. On order, the 7th Civil Support Command rapidly deploys a response and interface capability, which forms the core of Joint Task Force-Consequence Management Headquarters as part of the larger U.S. Government response to a foreign government assistance request.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?

The 2011 National Military Strategy(PDF) states that we will "leverage our capabilities and forward presence to play a supporting role in facilitating U.S. Government agencies and organizations' efforts to advance our national interests and serve in an enabling capacity to help other nations achieve their security goals." From the strategic perspective, consequence management is a key Department of Defense capability to deter and defeat the threats inherent to the 21st century contemporary operating environment.

In the realm of consequence management, the 7th Civil Support Command possesses unique skills and capabilities to simultaneously provide theater and expeditionary consequence management and civil affairs support and enabler capabilities to assist the U.S. Government response.

Why is this important to the Army?

Consequence management, civil affairs, and CBRN capabilities are identified as key force capabilities the U.S. government will rely upon in the coming decade to prepare for and succeed in a wide range of contingencies. Equally important is the emphasis on building partner capacity efforts of our allies, friends and partners to strengthen international and regional security.

The 21st century contemporary operating environment requires greater vigilance and preparedness against threats from state and non-state actors to conduct chemical, biological, radiological, or nuclear attacks on our allies, partners, and U.S. national interests. These capabilities are vital to our national security.

Resources:

Documents: 2011 National Military Strategy (PDF)
Department of Defense 2000.21, March 10, 2006, USD(P), Foreign Consequence Management (PDF)

7th Civil support Command website
U.S. Army Europe

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