U.S. air forces must be ready to rapidly disperse their airplanes on warning to small non-military airports to evade attack or severe weather storms. All of the things that were routine during the Cold War must be still trained for and available today. Lt. General Francis Tucker's book "The Pattern of War" USMCRP 1989, has much insight on how today's air-mobile forces must be dispersed/hardened to survive NBC attacks and then dominate the battlefield. The best way to defeat U.S. forces is to not let them get to the battlefield. Today's serviceman wants all the urban comforts of home nearby his military duty station -- being packed close in to major urban areas that are hard to keep free of close-in attack agents or are easy targets from space for long-range missile attack has made him at risk to catastrophic destruction. The modern battlefiled is NOW not after a a formal declaration of war between nation-states. It is time to wake-up and realize the true Pattern of War that exists today and get ready for it, not what we wish it to be.
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When this zero-cost proposal was sent to a major military magazine editor in 1997 to sound the alarm, look what kind of defeatist non-sense (BS) was sent back:
"I appreciate your comments. There is definitely a role for the National Guard in domestic preparedness issues, but what that role will be is as yet undefined. As you are probably well aware, there have been 10 Rapid Assessment and Initial Detection (RAID) teams established by the National Guard Bureau to help serve as a domestic response capability in the event of a WMD attack. Many believe, however, that this will not be nearly enough to mitigate the effects of a mass attack. Your idea of a sealed room makes sense and has been mentioned during various planning meetings, but it has been deemed by the powers that be as something that is too politically sensitive to mention. Those opposed to the idea fear that instituting such a program on a large scale would remind people of the "bomb shelter days" of the Cold War. Our civilian political leadership wants to avoid such a scenario due to the increase cost, both political and financial, that would be involved. In short, they don't want to deal with the possibility of creating a national emergency regarding WMD. It's fine to tell people that the Iraqi's have nerve agents, but almost no one outside of the emergency response community wants to be told that terrorists could use such a weapon on main street, U.S.A. As such, I personally believe that nothing significant will be done to prepare the nation until people start dying. It's a rather cynical view, but it is one that is probably accurate."
UPDATE 2001: we now have 3,000 plus dead in NYC and Washington D.C., hope this editor is happy. Let's see if he gets off his ass and starts printing the public preparedness articles we need (I doubt it).
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