A brand new KFF brief solutions key questions on potential U.S. army engagement within the home response to the novel coronavirus. With issues that native response capabilities might change into overwhelmed within the coming weeks, there have been rising calls to have the U.S. army play a better function in help of civilian response.
The U.S. army has vital capabilities in a variety of areas that might be referred to as upon within the home response to coronavirus — together with communications, transportation, infrastructure, engineering, development, and different technical and logistical areas. The army additionally has a reservoir of skilled scientists and medical professionals, stockpiles of medical provides (comparable to masks and different private protecting tools, and respirators), and army medical services.
However, not all army sources can be found for civilian use, and never all are prone to be applicable for civilian coronavirus response wants. U.S. legislation and army guidelines and laws additionally place some restrictions on the sorts of actions that the army can interact in as a part of a home response. The temporary examines these and different essential features of better army engagement in coronavirus response within the U.S.