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Accession Number ADA589955
Title Domestic Event Support Operations (DESO).
Publication Date Feb 2012
Media Count 56p
Personal Author A. Smith
Abstract Periodically, governments across the world find themselves hosting major peacetime events, often of an international nature, on their sovereign territory. Examples of these events include international sporting and cultural activities, such as the Olympic Games, the Soccer World Cup, and international expositions; and political gatherings, such as the G8 summit and World Trade Organization meetings. To ensure the international community experiences these events at the appropriate standard, governments are inclined to support them even if, technically, they are not themselves conducting them. Frequently, the resources needed to achieve that standard exceed those available to the domestic authorities normally responsible for such events. This lack of resources creates a need for governments to surge briefly to higher levels of capability. To do so cost effectively, governments may need to engage the full range of national public and private sector agencies and capabilities, including their national defense establishments (DE), to support the major peacetime domestic events their countries host. For the purposes of this paper, the defense activities associated with that support are termed 'domestic event support operations' (DESO). Although most militaries do not consider DESO 'core business,' DESO are an historical reality. Military involvement can be significant, and the complexities of military activities in any nation's domestic environment demand that DESO be well planned and organized. In a time of constrained national security spending, such as that predicted for most countries in the coming decade, and heightened security concern stemming from the current violent extremism phenomenon, DESO planning requires a robust intellectual framework. This paper seeks to contribute to the development of such a framework by characterizing DESO and offering an organizational model for such operations. It concludes with a recommended 'checklist' for DESO planning.
Keywords Australia
Australian defence organisation
Homeland security
Interagency coordination
National security
Operations other than war

Source Agency Non Paid ADAS
NTIS Subject Category 91I - Emergency Services & Planning
92E - International Relations
Corporate Author National Defense Univ., Washington, DC. Center for Technology and National Security Policy.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note N/A
NTIS Issue Number 1409
Contract Number N/A

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