COLORADO SPRINGS — The U.S. military has devised its first-ever war plans
for guarding against and responding to terrorist attacks in the United States,
envisioning 15 potential crisis scenarios and anticipating several simultaneous
strikes around the country, according to officers who drafted the plans, the
Washington Post will report Monday page one, RAW
STORY has learned. Excerpts:
The classified plans, developed here at Northern Command headquarters, outline
a variety of possible roles for quick-reaction forces estimated at as many as
3,000 ground troops per attack, a number that could easily grow depending on the
extent of the damage and the abilities of civilian response teams.
The possible scenarios range from "low end," relatively modest crowd-control
missions to "high-end," full-scale disaster management after catastrophic
attacks such as the release of a deadly biological agent or the explosion of
a radiological device, several officers said.
Some of the worst-case scenarios involve three attacks at the same time, in keeping
with a Pentagon directive earlier this year ordering Northcom, as the command
is called, to plan for multiple simultaneous attacks.
The war plans represent a historic shift for the Pentagon, which has been reluctant
to become involved in domestic operations and is legally constrained from engaging
in law enforcement. Indeed, defense officials continue to stress that they intend
for the troops to play largely a supporting role in homeland emergencies, bolstering
police, firefighters and other civilian response groups.
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War Plans Drafted To Counter Terror Attacks in U.S.