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U. S. Army North Command Strategy

Friday March 22, 2013

What is it?

U.S. Army North partners to conduct homeland defense operations, Theater Security Cooperation (TSC) activities and Civil Support operations to promote a safe and secure North America. Army North is the Theater Army in the Department of Defense’ priority theater (the homeland) and is the Army Service Component Command (ASCC) and Standing Joint Force Land Component Command (JFLCC) for U.S. Northern Command.

The homeland is a unique theater of operations with special requirements. Army North produces the contingency plans for the land domain for homeland defense and civil support missions, provides mission command capability for Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN), and disaster response operations in the homeland, conducts security cooperation with our border countries (Mexico and Canada) and are the executive agent for NORTHCOM responsible for the CBRN Response Enterprise. Strengthening our military-to-military partnership with Mexico is a top priority as expanding and strengthening our trusted domestic partnerships in this unique theater.

What has the Army done?

The total Army defends the homeland and routinely conducts critical Defense Support of Civil Authorities (DSCA) operations. The Army is always ready to respond to the call of its citizens. The Army is always ready to respond to the call of its citizens, as demonstrated through it response to wildland fires, two major hurricanes (Isaac and Sandy), and several other natural disasters. The Army performs a wide range of complex tasks in support of civil authorities during natural and man-made disasters, including CBRN incidents, and for counterdrug operations along the approaches to the United States. Army North leads this effort for the U.S. Army.

Why is this important to the Army?

The Army possesses the capabilities needed to support civil authorities in the response to a complex catastrophe and has to be ready to meet demanding no-notice timelines. Army North is the only headquarters in the Army that focuses on this unique theater full-time.

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

The total Army continually prepares to respond to natural and man-made disasters through rigorous joint, interagency, and multinational training exercises with various local, state and federal partners, in support of a primary agency. This collaborative planning, preparation, and training enables the Army to be ready to respond to a wide range of contingencies in support of civil authorities within the United States.


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