“This list is provided so stakeholders in the CBRN Response Enterprise may know about just some of the resources available that pertain to our particular Defense Support of Civil Authorities response mission. Reading and viewing information related to the JTF-CS mission can deepen our understanding of the challenges we might face and better prepare us for the future through a personal course of study and contemplation.” -- Army Maj. Gen. William Hall, commander, JTF-CS.
Serhii Plokhy’s Chernobyl - On the morning of April 26, 1986, Europe witnessed the worst nuclear disaster in history: the explosion of a reactor at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Soviet Ukraine.
JTF-CS Commander’s Note: “I believe there are two lessons from Mr. Plokhy’s book that are important for the CBRN Response Enterprise. First, in the early days after the accident there was tremendous confusion on what actually happened at Chernobyl. Our lesson here is that if we were called upon for a disaster response, the situation and response would have tremendous fog, friction, and a lack of situational understanding initially. Second, the pressure to respond was enormous. If a CBRN event impacts our great nation, our response would not occur in accordance with our scientific Notification-Hour sequence; we would be forced to adapt.”
John Barry’s The Great Influenza - At the height of WWI, history’s most lethal influenza virus erupted in an army camp in Kansas, moved east with American troops, then exploded, killing as many as 100 million people worldwide.” Mr. Barry's book is a terrific read even if we weren't assigned to the CRE mission. We continue to focus our training on the Improvised Nuclear Device (IND) due to the lack of warning and the massive number of casualties that would result from it, but responding to a bio event is also part of our mission set. This book will provide you in-depth background on the origins of the pandemic, what resources were used to combat it, and some examples of what worked and what didn't.
JTF-CS Commander’s Note: “Think about the capabilities resident in the Defense CBRN Response Force and what mission sets we might be called upon to perform if this happens again.”
Day after Disaster - This chilling History Channel documentary takes an in-depth look at the hypothetical repercussions of a massive disaster, such as if a nuclear bomb was detonated in Washington D.C., covering the death and destruction that would follow over the course of the following 24 hours in shocking detail.
JTF-CS Commander’s Note: “This documentary describes the operational environment after a nuclear detonation, and I feel strongly that the operational environment would drive how we would respond if called upon. The documentary covers governmental, civil, military, judicial, financial, medical, manufacturing and shipping, commercial, and other aspects of support and recovery. The film’s focus on the U.S. government’s efforts to mitigate fallout damage, speed recovery, and thwart a future attack are all aspects worth examination. It depicts the tremendous fog, friction, and lack of situational understanding a CBRNE response would pose to government leaders.”
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