MARS: the Morrow Project’s (Airborne) Rescue Service
Extract from a Morrow Project planning memo
MARS: ‘Mobile Assault, Rescue, and Strike
The purpose of MARS is frequently misunderstood and overlooks the ‘Rescue’ aspect. MARS is not just the ‘military wing of the Morrow Project’ – adding ‘Rescue’ to its mission makes it a truly versatile asset in the Reconstruction Effort.
Why is Rescue included? And why should MARS be given aircraft for Rescue Operations? Consider the following
1. MORAL DUTY
The primary asset of the Morrow Project is its personnel and preserving that asset is obviously important but – above all – Rescue is a moral duty. Leadership at every level supports the premise that the Morrow Project has an obligation to “bring everybody home.” Only aircraft can provide the necessary ability to reach those who need rescue
2: PROJECT MORALE
Knowledge that they can call on an AIRBORNE Search and Rescue service would be a powerful boost to the morale of Morrow Project members. The best way to reach crises swiftly is by aircraft.
3: REPUTATION AND PUBLIC AFFAIRS.
By ensuring that rescue forces can reach any part of the Project’s Area of Operations, effective Rescue Operations will have a powerful effect on the public’s perception of the Morrow Project. At its crudest, if we cannot to show that we can look after our own… we will find it difficult to convince survivors that we can ‘rescue’ others.
4. VERSATILITY & COMPETENCE
Competence in the Rescue mission ensures competence in many others. The training and integration required to perform Combat Search & Rescue Missions gives the flexibility to succeed at the other types of missions that MARS will carrie out. The classic Rescue mission could require such capabilities as real-time intelligence analysis and sensor fusion, time-sensitive targeting, net-centric data management, interagency coordination, close air support (CAS) , terminal area control, small-team tactics, and ‘battlefield’ medicine.
Further note: MARS in the Long-Term Reconstruction Effort
Although easy to visualize, major disasters and humanitarian-relief events are likely to become rare (or at least rarer) in the 10-year-plus timeline, and we should not consider them the mainstay of MARS operations. The real benefit will come from repeated, consistent, and short-duration deployments into target areas.
Specifically, most MARS missions in the 10-plus timeline will come from preplanned deployments in support of Region objectives. Those objectives should exploit MARS ability to deploy to austere, remote locations to provide hope to desperate people who need it.
What would that look like? For example, MARS personnel might fly to an isolated area and set up a clinic (bringing a surgeon and their own medical professionals) and stay for a couple of weeks. People who had not seen a doctor for years would receive treatment, checkups or some simple antibiotics. And this should occur frequently – again and again.