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NORTHCOM A GROWING FORCE TO FIGHT TERROR AGENCY PROVIDING SUPPORT, STRATEGIES TO CIVILIANS, MILITARY.
Rocky Mountain News (Denver, CO)
May 12, 2003 | Foster, Dick
Byline: Dick Foster
ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS
COLORADO SPRINGS -- On a tense evening last October, an Army reconnaissance plane with infrared detectors began searching Washington, D.C., for two snipers who had left a bloody trail of nine dead from Maryland to Virginia.
Two men were arrested a week later, Oct. 24, at a roadside rest stop in Maryland and charged with the killings. A truck driver's tip, not the Army's surveillance flights, led to their capture.
Even so, a new approach to safeguarding the nation's internal security had begun.
Army planes and crews to assist civilian authorities were provided by the Defense Department's new Northern Command in Colorado Springs. Created in the wake of 9-11, it has two overarching roles: to find and destroy terrorist threats on North America, and to provide assistance to civilian agencies in their anti-terrorism efforts and disaster response.
Northcom is separate from the Department of Homeland Security, the civilian agency known for issuing color-coded warnings. In fact, it is the Department of Homeland Security, not Northcom, that has the primary responsibility for day-to- day security against terrorism inside the country's borders.
But if a terrorist threat is imminent, or could overwhelm civilian authorities, Northcom can be called upon for military personnel and equipment. Although it has no combat troops, no planes, no ships, it can reach into the Pentagon for whatever forces are needed to meet a threat. Northcom would direct troops and equipment in coordination with civilian agencies.
Such attacks are not only possible but probable, Gen. Richard B. Myers, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said earlier this month.
``It's just as certain as we're all here,'' he told a gathering of Air Force Academy cadets. ``I suspect right now that there are plans in place just waiting to be executed where they're going to try to kill Americans or some of our friends and allies around the world. And they will come after us in untraditional and unpredictable ways.''
Northcom's commander, Gen. Ralph E. ``Ed'' Eberhart, calls these ``nightmare scenarios,'' and his staff spends long hours with civilian government officials brainstorming responses.
Nearly 400 people work at Northcom's new $90 million, 157,000- square-foot headquarters at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs. Around groups of desks and tables, analysts and officials from more than a dozen federal agencies, including the FBI, CIA and military intelligence, comb through information on potential terrorist threats.
Northcom calls this its Combined Intelligence Fusion Center.
``What it attempts to do is collect intelligence from many national agencies and fuse it to help us identify threats in areas where we may need to take action,'' said Northern Command spokesman Lt. Col. Barry Venable.In a perfect world, as Venable puts it, ``We'd like to play the away game, not the home game.'' By that he means getting wind of a plot hatched in a foreign country and destroying the terrorists before they can enter the United States.
A Northcom ``away game'' might look something like what the CIA did last Nov. 3 when agents used a pilotless aircraft to destroy a car in Yemen, killing five suspected al-Qaida terrorists, including Abu Ali al-Harithi, the suspected mastermind of the October 2000 attack on the USS Cole.
Playing a ``home game'' is a bit trickier in a legal sense, as well.
The 1878 Posse Comitatus Act limits the use of military forces in domestic law enforcement except in certain circumstances: public insurrections, crimes involving nuclear materials and national emergencies that are beyond the capability of civilian law enforcement agencies.
Each request for military assistance must be screened by Pentagon lawyers and sent to the Secretary of Defense for approval, said Venable.
Still, the definition of a ``national emergency'' - the trigger that can result in Northcom's involvement - already has come under debate, after the search for the D.C. snipers.Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld was asked by reporters whether furnishing surveillance aircraft violated the Posse Comitatus Act.
``We do know that what we're doing is fully consistent with the law,'' Rumsfeld was quoted as saying in a copyrighted story in Inside the Pentagon, a Washington newspaper.
Northcom and the Defense Department are ``very much aware of where the parameters are on Posse Comitatus,''
a top civilian analyst told the Rocky Mountain News.
``The military responds to requests from other agencies to come in and do things, but they don't come in and take charge. They understand that their role is subordinated to civil authority inside the homeland,'' said Michael Wermuth, senior policy analyst with Rand Corp. and project director for the Gilmore Commission, the federally chartered panel on terrorism threats and response.
Northcom's other assistance to civilian authorities is seemingly less controversial.
In February, troops aided local authorities in recovering parts of the space shuttle Columbia that disintegrated over the southwestern United States.
The military's most visible homeland security assistance has been flying jet fighter patrols over U.S. cities after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. The fighter patrols are operated by NORAD, the North American Aerospace Defense Command.
Northcom also commands Joint Task Force Six, a unit of 160 military personnel at Fort Bliss, Texas, that assists civilian police in stemming drug smuggling into the United States.All of the mixing and matching of civilian and military agencies and their thousands of employees is still evolving, said Venable.
``Everyone is still clarifying roles,'' he said.
Wermuth agrees that it's too early to assess the performance of a 6-month-old organization. But Eberhart and the command's leadership appear to be doing the right things, he said.
Northcom clearly defines its subordinate role in assisting civilian authorities and its primary role as a military organization in preventing attacks from outside the homeland, he said.
``There's no reason to suspect that they're anywhere off-track or not addressing their mission,'' said Wermuth.
``And, God willing, we won't have to measure how effective they are in responding to homeland emergencies,'' he said.
Protecting the hemisphere
Established by the Department of Defense in 2002, the U.S. Northern Command's mission is to control military homeland defense operations and assist civilian authorities in times of national emergency. It works closely with the Department of Homeland Security, the lead civilian office that oversees 22 federal agencies involved in national security. The command's area of responsibility encompasses the continental U.S., our neighbors - including Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgen Islands - and our surrounding waters for about 500 miles.
NORTHCOM headquarters Peterson Air Force Base
JOINT TASK FORCE SIX Fort Bliss, El Paso / Provides Dept. of Defense counter-drug support to federal, state and local law enforcement agencies.
JOINT FORCE HEADQUARTERS HOMELAND SECURITY Norfolk / At the direction of Northern Command, it coordinates land and maritime defenses inside the continental U.S. and coordinates military assistance to civilian authorities.
Note: Hawaii, and other U.S. possesions and territiries in the Pacific remain under the responsibility of the U.S. Pacific Command