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How can the U.S. Department of Defense bolster its homeland CBRN defenses?

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Posted Date: 07/11/2016

The Department of Defense, specifically the National Guard, recently expanded its CBRN defense capacity by continuing to incorporate the Homeland Response Force capabilities.  The HRF is capable of quick response for search and extraction, medical triage and stabilization, and decontamination missions, among others. How else can the DoD bolster its homeland CBRN defenses?

The Florida and Georgia National Guard's Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and High-Yield Explosive Enhanced Response Force Packages and the newly-formed Georgia National Guard Homeland Response Force respond to a disaster scenario during an evaluation during training at Camp Blanding Joint Training Center, Fla., on Nov. 17, 2011. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Blair Heusdens)


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The HRF is an important advancement for the DoD in CBRN defense. For additional homeland defense initiatives, DoD might look to further engage the public, increase threat awareness, and leverage notification tools like social media. Reliance on digital infrastructure would require protection, however. Emerging programs like Social Media Intelligence (SMI or SOCMINT) or Social Media in Strategic Communication (SMISC) will help identify misinformation or deception and counter with truthful information.