A brand new KFF brief solutions key questions on potential U.S. navy engagement within the home response to the novel coronavirus. With considerations that native response capabilities may turn out to be overwhelmed within the coming weeks, there have been growing calls to have the U.S. navy play a better function in help of civilian response.
The U.S. navy has important capabilities in a spread of areas that might be known as upon within the home response to coronavirus — together with communications, transportation, infrastructure, engineering, building, and different technical and logistical areas. The navy additionally has a reservoir of skilled scientists and medical professionals, stockpiles of medical provides (akin to masks and different private protecting gear, and respirators), and navy medical amenities.
However, not all navy sources can be found for civilian use, and never all are more likely to be applicable for civilian coronavirus response wants. U.S. legislation and navy guidelines and rules additionally place some restrictions on the sorts of actions that the navy can have interaction in as a part of a home response. The transient examines these and different essential facets of better navy engagement in coronavirus response within the U.S.