Utilization of USAR Assets in Response to Hurricane Sandy

  • Colonel William J. Clark

The United States Army Reserve (USAR), like its active component and National Guard counterparts has responsibilities in the military’s mission of Defense Support of Civil Authorities (DSCA). The USAR has capabilities in place to address these responsibilities, but the utilization of these assets is not optimal. This paper makes recommendations for better utilization of USAR resources within the military’s response to various DSCA related organizations. The current USAR manpower structure assigned to the Office of the Chief of Army Reserves (OCAR) and the Joint Task Force Civil Support (JTF-CS) designed to work DSCA issues is investigated. The plan to train to task with active duty services, National Guardsmen, and other federal and civil organizations is also addressed. Recommendations based on integration and training is presented to streamline the process from notification to implementation of USAR assets in response to a declared emergency.