From the BBC web site: http://newsvote.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/uk_politics/newsid_2035000/2035903.stm A 6,000-strong anti-terror reaction force is to be created to aid police in case of 11 September-style attacks on Britain, according to reports. It is thought the "home guard" would be drawn from the existing 50,000 or so Armed Forces reservists. Newspapers say the proposals were drawn up by senior military planners and the force could deal with all kinds of terrorist strikes including chemical, biological or nuclear attacks, which "cannot be ruled out". A defence source told BBC News Online: "Certainly, post 11 September, we're looking with a bit more urgency at the way reserve forces will be deployed." He said that a discussion document looking at the role of reservists was due later this week. 'Rebalancing' Under the proposals volunteers for the force would remain with their normal units and be earmarked for availability in the event of a terrorist strike. Receiving five or six days' extra training a year, they would be available within a few hours of an attack. They could carry out operational tasks such as searching for survivors, securing water supplies and communications, dealing with mass casualties and organising transport. Earlier this year the MoD said Territorial Army volunteers should play an expanded role to reduce the pressure on the regular forces. It said that as increasing numbers of British soldiers were being deployed abroad on the "war on terror", new ideas were needed for homeland defence. Such a force would throw into doubt suggestions under the 1998 strategic defence review that the TA could be cut in size by almost a third. As an NBC bod, it will be interesting how seriously they take it all. Or will it be "defence on the cheap" again?