Secretary Clinton Announces Civilian Response Corps Reaches 1,000 Members

Posted by Todd D. Calongne
July 15, 2010

About the Author: Todd D. Calongne serves as Public Affairs Officer for the Office of the Coordinator for Reconstruction and Stabilization (S/CRS).

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton announced the Civilian Response Corps, a group of civil federal employees who are trained to deploy to areas of crisis to provide prevention, reconstruction, and stabilization assistance, has reached 1,000 members at its two-year anniversary mark. The Corps is the only expeditionary interagency civilian force in the U.S. Government dedicated to conflict prevention and peacebuilding.

"The Civilian Response Corps puts smart power into action every day," Secretary Clinton stated in a video address to Corps members attending a Civilian Responders' Workshop. "Your efforts help reduce conflict and prevent weak and failing states from becoming havens for terrorists. In just two years, your ranks have grown to over 1,000 civilian responders -- you, in effect, have become an army of peacebuilders."

This important milestone was less than two years after the Corps was authorized by Congress in October 2008.

Please view the video above to hear more of Secretary Clinton's remarks at the Civilian Responders' Workshop. For additional information on S/CRS and the Civilian Response Corps visit



Gail C.
United States
July 15, 2010

Gail C. in the U.S.A. writes:

Does that mean they are terrorists? If they are peacebuilding, the Supreme Court now says so!

Connecticut, USA
July 15, 2010

Vinciente in Connecticut writes:

As a citizen, I am concerned that this "Civilian Response Corps" will be used against Constitution defending Patriots, rather than against real terrorists in our country. If the goal is truly for the protection of America from terrorists; then please authorize the Civilian Response Corps to assist in growth and training of civilian militias.

United States
July 16, 2010

O.C. in the U.S.A. writes:

Limiting the pool to only Federal workers limits the talent pool the government can draw upon. They should open up the process to all Americans without a criminal background. Many American workers are really bored on their job so sending them on 2,3,4, week stints to another country might invigorate them. In any case, having talent pools in all regions of the country makes sense because most Federal workers are needed in their own jobs especially in the security sector. Opening the talent pool will also bring in fresh ideas and people with innovative problem solving skills. Some people posess higher order thinking thinking skills and can better adapt to changing needs and circumstances. Innovation by the seat of the pants. These skills are somewhat lacking and employing all Americans might greatly improve any situation for the better.

July 19, 2010

Todd Calongne replies:

The Civilian Response Corps is currently made up of an Active and a Standby component, which draw on federal employees only. Another component of the Corps, the Reserves, has been authorized by Congress but never funded. When and if it is funded, the Reserves will allow the Corps to access and utilize more specialized skills and pools of talent from non-government employees, as you point out in your comment.


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