Lessons from Department of Defense disaster relief efforts in the Asia-Pacific Region

The Department of Defense has long been able to play a major role in international humanitarian assistance and disaster response (HA/DR) due to its unique capabilities, manpower, and forward-deployed resources. The Asia-Pacific region is of particular importance to the United States because it bears...

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Main Author: Moroney, Jennifer D. P.
Corporate Author: Rand Corporation National Security Research Division
Format: eBook
Language:English
Published: Santa Monica, CA RAND Corporation 2013©2013, 2013
Series:Report
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Collection: JSTOR Open Access Books - Collection details see MPG.ReNa
Summary:The Department of Defense has long been able to play a major role in international humanitarian assistance and disaster response (HA/DR) due to its unique capabilities, manpower, and forward-deployed resources. The Asia-Pacific region is of particular importance to the United States because it bears the brunt of more than half of the world's natural disasters and is home to numerous key U.S. allies. In an effort to improve the effectiveness of HA/DR operations in the future, this report analyzes recent operations in Burma, Indonesia, Pakistan, and Japan, and identifies lessons that have emerged in the areas of (1) interagency coordination, (2) communication with the affected country, (3) coordination with other state and non-state actors, (4) prospects for U.S. security cooperation and building partner capacity for HA/DR, and (5) prospects for the increased involvement of regional organizations in HA/DR. This report also identifies complementary capabilities and comparative advantages that exist around the region, presents options for leveraging these capabilities to deal with future disasters, and assesses various crisis management mechanisms involving allies and partners that can be applied to other contingencies
Item Description:"National Security Research Division.". - "Prepared for the Office of the Secretary of Defense."
Physical Description:xxviii, 146 pages color illustrations, color maps
ISBN:9780833080431
0833080431