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Pandemics and Armed Forces: Which Roles Are Appropriate?

Publication Type:

Journal Article

Source:

Connections: The Quarterly Journal, Volume 19, Issue 2, p.77-88 (2020)

Keywords:

capabilities, COVID-19, crisis management, defense support to civilian authorities, Disaster, law enforcement

Abstract:

In the current pandemic crisis, the armed forces of many nations are being called upon to provide assistance and support to the civil authorities in an ever-expanding fashion. This article explores the kinds of roles, missions, tasks, and functions that the armed forces are carrying out in this crisis and identifies a number of policy considerations for decision-makers to ponder when they consider tasking the armed forces to provide these services.