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Civilian Defense Force

From: "Charles Hoskinson" <>
To: "Governor Jeb Bush" <>
Copies to: "Senator Tom Lee" <>,
"Rep. Johnnie Byrd" <>
Subject: Civilian Defense Force
Date sent: Fri, 9 Nov 2001 11:06:46 -0500
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===== The Paul-Revere Forum ========

Governor Bush,

Given the president's call for the establishment of a Civilian Defense Force, I am providing a notional vision for your consideration. I will also make myself available at your call to provide any assistance I can.

This force would not operate as an autonomous organization, but would provide human resources to other organizations, such as the National Guard, local law enforcement organizations, and other emergency management organizations, with a primary mission of security and emergency assistance, to include natural disasters. The only organization the force itself would have would relate to a human resource data base and response to operational tasking by supported organizations.

In addition to other useful skills possessed by many civilians, there is already a pool of individuals who are officially trained in the use of firearms and the legal aspects of the use of lethal force, and who have received criminal background checks -- those Floridians who have a CCW. Accordingly, additional security resources are almost immediately available.

I would envision that, with accurate skill data bases, training could be minimal, consisting of standard operating policies and procedures. Appropriate specific on-the job training could be accomplished by the supported organizations. Initially apprentices, individuals could be given additional responsibilities as deemed appropriate by the supported organizations. Over time, individuals could be "cohorted" with these supported organizations and certified to work with them at an appropriate and specific skill level.

In order to be effective and promote appropriate discipline, the force should consist of sworn members who agree to serve at the pleasure of the Governor during a specific time period. A background screen would be performed before the individual received identification or was permitted to perform duties.

Uniforms could be simple, consisting of available military or other uniforms or alternatively, work uniforms which are commercially available. Individuals would be readily identifiable by an already available "CD" patch on the sleeve, identifying them as an auxiliary. In order to affirm commitment, a token pay would be on a per diem basis, with no other allowances. Taskings would be, to the maximum extent possible, in the individual's locale. If taskings were a certain distance from the individual's home, the State would furnish in-kind quarters and rations. Absolute volunteerism is fine, but there needs to be a firm commitment between the volunteer and the State in order to maintain a viable and reliable pool. I would envision this to be a permanent establishment, for use even beyond the current emergency.

For operations and logistics, I recommend that the Adjutant General take the lead, as trainers and facilities are available under his jurisdiction. Also, under the Militia Act, I believe this where the State's authority resides, and federal funds should be made available to support it.

I believe that this would be a low-cost and effective method to supplement existing organizations with vital human resources. Accordingly, I humbly submit it for your consideration.

"God, Duty, Honor, Country"
Chuck Hoskinson
"US Army, Retired... and still serving proudly"

If you want to know who is best qualified to be the Commander-in-Chief, ask a veteran!

Charles E. "Chuck" Hoskinson
Valrico, Florida 33594
Tel: (813) 6xx-xxxx (Voice/FAX)


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