A brand new KFF brief solutions key questions on potential U.S. navy 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. navy play a larger position in help of civilian response.
The U.S. navy has vital capabilities in a spread of areas that could possibly be known as upon within the home response to coronavirus — together with communications, transportation, infrastructure, engineering, development, and different technical and logistical areas. The navy additionally has a reservoir of skilled scientists and medical professionals, stockpiles of medical provides (equivalent to masks and different private protecting tools, and respirators), and navy medical services.
However, not all navy assets can be found for civilian use, and never all are prone to be acceptable for civilian coronavirus response wants. U.S. regulation 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 temporary examines these and different necessary points of larger navy engagement in coronavirus response within the U.S.