A brand new KFF brief solutions key questions on potential U.S. army engagement within the home response to the novel coronavirus. With considerations that native response capabilities might develop into overwhelmed within the coming weeks, there have been growing calls to have the U.S. army play a higher position in help of civilian response.
The U.S. army has important capabilities in a spread of areas that could possibly be referred to as upon within the home response to coronavirus — together with communications, transportation, infrastructure, engineering, building, and different technical and logistical areas. The army additionally has a reservoir of skilled scientists and medical professionals, stockpiles of medical provides (similar to masks and different private protecting tools, and respirators), and army medical services.
Nonetheless, not all army sources can be found for civilian use, and never all are more likely to be applicable for civilian coronavirus response wants. U.S. regulation and army guidelines and rules additionally place some restrictions on the sorts of actions that the army can have interaction in as a part of a home response. The temporary examines these and different essential elements of higher army engagement in coronavirus response within the U.S.