By establishing both the JTF-CS
and ATSD-CS, the department has taken an important step toward recognizing that traditional methods and practices are inadequate in the face of a CBW terrorist attack against the United States.
28, 2007) [hereinafter JTF-CS Webpage]; see also About: JTF-CS, supra note 3.
1993); see also JTF-CS Webpage, supra note 6 (follow "Legal Basis for Military Support to Civilian Authorities" hyperlink).
JTF-CS is an important element of the current DoD "Lead, Support, Enable" Strategy for Homeland Defense and Civil Support.
JTF-CS accomplishes its consequence management mission in strict adherence to existing federal law and the National Response Plan (NRP), the overarching government plan that delineates responsibilities for each of the federal agencies (including DoD) that playa role in disaster response or civil emergencies.
The purpose of JTF-CS
is to save lives, prevent injury and provide temporary critical life support in the event of a chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear or high-yield explosive situation in the United States or its territories and possessions.
JTF-CS is the only military organization dedicated solely to planning and integrating DoD forces for consequence management support to civil authorities in such a situation.
Deployment of JTF-CS is at the direction of USNORTHCOM, and on authority of the Secretary of Defense, only after a governor requests federal assistance from the president, and after the president issues a Presidential Disaster Declaration.
In the event of a CBRNE incident, the mission of the JTF-CS is consequence management.
JTF-CS is resourced as a standing command and control headquarters prepared to respond in the event of a CBRNE incident, but with no permanently assigned forces.
JTF-CS operates within a clear Department of Defense chain of command.
JTF-CS is the only military organization dedicated solely to planning and integrating Department of Defense forces for consequence management support to civil authorities during a CBRNE incident.