The U.S. needs to move beyond responding to disasters and instead develop plans to prevent terrorist attacks, Adm. Timothy Keating, commander of North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command, said Tuesday.Hmmm...
Keating's vision of a national homeland security plan would coordinate governmental agencies and military and civilian organizations into a unified team.
"We're proposing a strategy that would address all the complexities of preventing an attack," said Keating, keynote speaker at a three-day Homeland Defense Symposium. "We need the integration of intelligence so we can go after a target before it approaches."
He said Hurricanes Katrina and Rita revealed serious gaps in the ability of agencies and the military to communicate and coordinate responses.
The military, with its clear lines of command and control, should be tapped to take the lead in situations of "Biblical proportions," Keating said.
This could be done without violating federal law prohibiting the military from performing domestic law enforcement, he said.
Wednesday, October 26, 2005
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