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Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management

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The Civil Air Patrol: The Struggle for Identity and Relevance

John Thomas Rooks II / Tracey M. Richardson
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  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – College of Buiness, 600 S. Clyde Morris, Daytona Beach, Florida 32114, USA; and 25 East Casa Loma Mary Esther, Mary Esther, Florida 32569, USA
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Published Online: 2017-05-29 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/jhsem-2015-0045


This paper’s purpose is to explore the Civil Air Patrol’s (CAP) historical function of emergency management and compare it to modern-day positioning. CAP’s identity is evaluated to determine how it aligns with the current mission and public perception. The mission’s relevance is examined considering modern technology that now provides simpler alternatives. A proposed action plan describing repositioning of the CAP mission, areas of opportunity, and the resulting financial implications are included.

Keywords: Civil Air Patrol; general aviation; search and rescue; United States Air Force Auxiliary

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Published Online: 2017-05-29

Citation Information: Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, Volume 13, Issue 4, 20150045, ISSN (Online) 1547-7355, ISSN (Print) 2194-6361, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/jhsem-2015-0045.

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