Originally Posted by DiverTodd62
Unfortunately, I don't think you can separate the two. In order to effectively capture, you have to be prepared to kill. Not everyone will surrender quietly.
Our military is designed to kill and destroy. They are extremely good at that. We lost over 4000 soldiers in Iraq but probably over 99% of them came while "peacekeeping". When operating in offensive combat mode as in the initial assault or clearing out Fallujah or other raids we seldom took losses. But they are not really designed for law enforcement of a civilian population. That's why the govt has been so reluctant to put them on the border.
Solution: create a Federal Constabulary under DHS in peace and DOD in war. Like the US Coast Guard, it would have both military and federal law enforcement status. Primary mission would be border defense (absorb the existing US Border Patrol) and military police (absorb all existing law enforcement agencies under the DOD), secondary mission would be coast guard (absorb the existing US Coast Guard), executive protection (absorb the existing US Secret Service), airport security, riot control and various other internal security duties.
Minimum of 500,000 personnel. Armored vehicles, helicopters, armed patrol boats and corvettes, surveillance aircraft, light artillery, mortars, machine guns, grenade launchers ... the whole works.