Originally posted by mbkennel
Well don't we have the Border Patrol & FBI who are supposed to be doing that?
What reasonable scenario involves/requires counterinsurgency warfare with aerial munitions on CONUS territory?
Border Patrol don't much count once they're inside the US. And I'm sure the FBI are involved. The root command structure is NORTHCOM, whose stated
Conduct operations to deter, prevent, and defeat threats and aggression aimed at the United States, its territories, and interests within the assigned
area of responsibility and,
As directed by the President or Secretary of Defense provide military assistance to civil authorities including consequence management operations
Given that they also are sort of bound not to "deter prevent and defeat" US citizenry, it would seem that NORTHCOM is in fact for some sort of
counterinsurgency mission, failing that, to provide a sort of military liaison to the feds. FBI is not set up for anti-assault action, they're more
detectives with some smarts. If you landed a small force in the continental US, the FBI would not be very effective, more, I would suppose they want
regular troops more than NG. FBI are also not really ready to provide any sort of anti-terrorist action at the governmental level, that is, if it's
Achmed the rogue bomber, maybe, if it's China, not so much.
Thus was the NSA tasked with computer integrity, and NORTHCOM with military action in the continental US.
As far as SOC involvement goes, there are a lot of things that leg military are also not up for, as NG units are not up to leg military. Thus after
NORTHCOM went in, a lot of weaknesses in the organic structure were found, papers were written, many a powerpoint was drafted, and a fairly nice
summary was drafted at Advanced Military Studies, to wit:
A Theater Special Operations Command (SOC), a sub-unified command, advises combatant commanders on the capabilities of Special Operations Forces
(SOF), provides SOF for employment, and integrates SOF fully into theater plans by planning, coordinating, conducting, and supporting the geographical
unified commander. The SOC is a trained and resourced rapid deployment joint task force headquarters, if needed. The new unified command, U.S.
Northern Command (NORTHCOM), attained initial operations capability (IOC) on October 1, 2002. NORTHCOM is not organized for success to accomplish its
new mission of homeland defense and civil support. NORTHCOM must transform to an organization that can anticipate and adapt to its new missions. By
analyzing the planning, command and control, and coordination of SOF support during Hurricane Andrew and the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, it was determined
that a SOC would be a critical component to this new organization. The SOC will be vital during both deliberate and crisis action planning, advising
on the best method to integrate SOF capabilities. Early planning efforts by SOCOM for SOF support to JTF-Olympics determined only a small JSOTF was
needed to coordinate with the lead federal agency for counterterrorism, the FBI. In contrast, JTF-Andrew did not have a Special Operations
Coordination element and had to learn the capabilities and limitations of SOF before being able to employ them effectively for the disaster relief
efforts. This was a problem in the time-sensitive environment of a massive hurricane recovery operation. SOCNORTH would ensure SOF are integrated into
any operational plan, so they can assist NORTHCOM responses to any future homeland crises. SOCNORTH would advise the NORTHCOM commander and ensure SOF
are synchronized, coordinated, and deconflicted in any operation assigned to NORTHCOM.
The entire 69 page paper lies here.
Note the dates, SOCNORTH
launched on 1 Feb, but it's been in the works for 10 years.
Well the city is supposed to be full of tax-paying citizens, not subjects, and they happen to be living there.
Hell, SOC doesn't notify anyone. It's against the rules.
The exercise is much more accurate if you have to encounter and deal with (in a quiet, professional manner) citizenry at their finest, to wit, milling
about, getting in the way, and screaming in terror. Think of it as a big fire drill - if you know it's a drill, you won't act like you would if it
were a fire. In each case, the city's electorate knew what was going to occur, if the rank and file LEO or citizen did not.
That said, if I were an insurgent, I could come up with a really nice plan to use one of these drills to actually pull off an incident right in the
middle of the drill by dressing up in SOC uniforms, but I digress.