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

By Major Matt Cavanaugh

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?


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