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Vigilant Shield 2008: the Domestic Deployment of
the U.S. Military
Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya
Command (USNORTHCOM) has just announced plans for an anti-terrorism exercise
called Vigilant Shield 2008. The series of exercises is mandated by
the US government to prepare, prevent and respond to any number of national
crises that would call for the use of the military inside the United States.
Air Defenses, and the Deployment of the U.S. Military in American
Shield 2008 builds a scenario of a domestic disaster in the U.S. (terrorist
attack or natural disaster). It posits the domestic use of the U.S. military
including a special role for the U.S. Air Force.
terrorist event could trigger the massive deployment of the U.S. military
as part of a national emergency. If a terrorist incident were to occur and Iran
were to be blamed for the attacks, the military could also be used to shunt
anti-war opposition within the U.S.
A precedent for
the domestic use of the U.S. military within U.S. cities was
established in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina.
2008 is said to be designed to deal with a terrorist or natural
disaster scenario in the United States. Yet, the deployment of the U.S. forces
in the upcoming U.S. military-security exercise, organized by Homeland
Security and the Pentagon, resembles a war-time air scenario over
North America and the Pacific rather than an anti-terrorist drill.
Canadian territory is also involved through NORAD and so is Guam in
the Pacific Ocean.
The Iran Link: Air War Scenario?
involvement of a Pacific front suggests a scenario of confrontation with Russia
or China. The Pacific Ocean, along with an arctic route
across Canada are the most likely routes for hypothetical Chinese and
Russian aerial attacks in response to a broader global war resulting from
attacks on Iran. These assumptions were actually built into last year’s
Vigilant Shield exercise (Vigilant Shield ’07).
Exercise Vigilant Shield ’08
slated for October
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the VS-08 Fact Sheet
AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – USNORTHCOM’s
primary exercise venues for VS-08 include locations in Oregon, Arizona and a
cooperative venue with USPACOM in the Territory of
linked exercises will take place October 15-20 and are being conducted
throughout the United States... Emphasis Added
USNORTHCOM prepared for hurricane response
Petty Officer 1st Class Joaquin Juatai
NORAD and USNORTHCOM Public Affairs
coordinates movement of equipment and personnel in support of the primary
responding agency, whether that is the Federal Emergency Response Management
Agency, the National Guard or another primary responding
have been conducting exercises and working with our federal partners to be
better prepared for a future catastrophe...
at the command have identified many of the resources that may be needed during a
disaster and established a process to move them quicker.
The mission of USNORTHCOM is
homeland defense and civil support. The command conducts operations to deter,
prevent, defeat and mitigate 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, provides military assistance
to civil authorities including consequence management operations.
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The "Use of the Armed Forces" in America under a National
This article was originally
published by Global Research at www.globalresearch.ca
It is herein reprinted with permission.
Posted May 04,
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