In a report released to the US Congress recently, analysts
assessed what they termed "preparedness tests" between the US military
and government agencies at the federal, state and local levels.
U.S. Northern Command (NORTHCOM) exercises to test preparedness to
perform its homeland defense and civil support missions. The Government
Accountability Office was asked to assess the extent to which NORTHCOM
is consistent with Department of Defense guidelines for training and
exercise requirement involving interagency partners and states in its
NORTHCOM’s exercise program is generally consistent with the
requirements of DOD’s Joint Training System, but its exercise reporting
is inconsistent. Since the command was established in 2002, NORTHCOM
has conducted 13 large-scale exercises and generally completed exercise
summary reports within the required time frame.
However, those reports did not consistently include certain
information, such as areas needing improvement, because NORTHCOM lacks
guidance that specifies exercise reports’ content and format,
potentially impacting its ability to meet internal standards for
planning and execution of joint exercises, and to compare and share
exercise results over time with interagency partners and states.
"While the rationale for using the US military domestically had been
debated for years, President Barack Obama appears intent on using our
military at least until he can create his promised 'Civilian Security
Force' which he said would be as big and powerful as the military,"
said political strategist Mike Baker.