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Originally posted by jtma508
Rainmaker... although the government 'talks-the-talk' about working to protect the citizenry, recent events (9/11, Katrina, Oklahoma City, Anthrax, etc.) strongly suggest that either the government is wholly incapable of that mission or something else far more sinister. The only chance 'we the people' have is relying on the citizen soldiers that are the cogs that drive this massively complex machine. Without you folks we are all truly screwed. We are all powerless but to hope that you and your like will follow your orders and complete your missions. But that you will always remember that your ultimate mission is to protect us and to protect the Constitution of the United States of America. We are all hard-wired to recognize right and wrong to one degree or another --- irrespective of what orders have been issued. I, for one, am counting on the fact that most of you recognize what your true responsibility is and will execute that to the fullest.
Purpose: Exercise VIGILANT SHIELD 2008 and National Level Exercise 108 will provide local, state, tribal, interagency, Department of Defense, and nongovernmental organizations and agencies involved in homeland security and homeland defense the opportunity to participate in a full range of exercise scenarios that will better prepare participants to prevent and respond to national crises. The participating organizations will conduct a multilayered, civilianled response to a national crisis. Exercise VIGILANT SHIELD Objectives: · Demonstrate multiagency, multijurisdictional unity of effort in support of a civilianled response to a national crisis through collaboration with local, state, and federal responders to a series of catastrophic events. · Reinforce operational and strategic relationships between USNORTHCOM and the Department of Homeland Security. · Provide an opportunity for local, state, and federal leaders to conduct and lead response efforts within their state including the use of state assets, emergency management assistance agreements, and support from federal resources, including active duty military forces. · Assess NORAD and USNORTHCOMassigned units in the execution of homeland defense and defense support of civil authorities missions. · Evaluate NORAD and USNORTHCOM staff implementation of Concept Plans to include effectsbased approach planning and operations to protect the homeland from missile attack. · Provide continuous Integrated Tactical Warning and Attack Assessment to all agencies, via NORAD. · Evaluate various combatant commands’ operational coordination.