A line up of Italian army nurses wearing a protective mask during the presentation of the army team who will participate in the Piedmont hospitals in the fight against the virus, in Turin, Italy, on April 27, 2020.

Examining the range of roles played by the armed forces

Pandemics and Armed Forces: Which Roles Are Appropriate?


“In the current pandemic crisis, the armed forces of many nations are being called upon to provide assistance and support to the civil authorities in an ever-expanding fashion. This article explores the kinds of roles, missions, tasks, and functions that the armed forces are carrying out in this crisis and identifies a number of policy considerations for decision-makers to ponder when they consider tasking the armed forces to provide these services...”

Excerpt from John L. Clarke, “Pandemics and Armed Forces: Which Roles Are Appropriate?” Connections: The Quarterly Journal  Vol. 19, no. 2, Spring 2020: 77-88.

This article reflects the views of the author and are not necessarily the official policy of the United States, Germany, or any other governments.