Author (Your Name)

Brian Lynch, Colby College

Date of Award


Document Type

Honors Thesis (Open Access)


Colby College. Government Dept.


G. Calvin Mackenzie

Second Advisor

L. Sandy Maisel


Failure to contemplate and define an appropriate role for the armed forces of the national government in domestic crises of this sort is a serious problem. It is all the more serious now as these potential crises seem to multiply in character and scope. This thesis will explore the history of this problem and its recent implications. It will argue the need for a comprehensive, operational framework, codified in law, which defines the various alternative uses of all emergency services, both civilian and military, and is applicable to “all hazards.” I will attempt to provide a blue-print for what such a framework should look like.


National Guard, Military, Domestic Military Missions, Department of Homeland Security, status quo