Ebola and West Point: What is the role of land power in outbreaks?

Image courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control. Image courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control.

 

Public Radio International runs a great news program (locally, it’s usually on National Public Radio) called “The World.”  The other day the show ran a five minute segment that caught my attention: there was a violent attack on an Ebola clinic in the “West Point” neighborhood/slum in Monrovia, Liberia.  The New York Times is following the same story.

It got me thinking (owing entirely to the place name and connection to where I teach)  – what is the role of landpower in outbreaks?  Would the U.S. Army ever be a part of an effort to contain the spread?  Is U.S. Africa Command working this up right now?

Author: ML Cavanaugh

Unequal parts strategist, assistant professor, wordsmith, runner, wine-o, reader, philosopher of firepower, and hopeless lover of three ladies named Rachel, Grace, and Georgie.

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