Pandemics and Armed Forces: Which Roles Are Appropriate?

Publication Type:

Journal Article


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


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


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.