Accession Number : ADA264172


Title :   Special Operations Forces as Humanitarians--You Bet


Descriptive Note : Final rept.,


Corporate Author : NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI


Personal Author(s) : Mitchell, Janice L


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a264172.pdf


Report Date : 22 Feb 1993


Pagination or Media Count : 33


Abstract : Special operations-forces have unique capabilities that make them well suited for humanitarian relief operations, especially in the initial stages. Civil affairs and special forces personnel receive foreign language and cultural training and routinely work with foreign civilians and governments. These and other special skills can easily be adapted to humanitarian relief operations. special operations forces' capabilities in relief operations were tested and proven highly successful during Operations Sea Angel and Provide Comfort. These quiet warriors were the first into the disaster areas to assess the situation, make recommendations on how to proceed, and organize the relief resupply efforts. As the number of humanitarian missions increase, theater Commanders-in-Chief and their staffs need to be familiar with these special operations force capabilities so they can be effectively employed. Instead of employing lad hoc' procedures for these missions, each theater planning staff should develop humanitarian relief concept plans that can be quickly pulled off the shelf and adapted to the particular situation.


Descriptors :   *MILITARY ASSISTANCE , *HUMANITIES , DISASTERS , SKILLS , TRAINING , OFF THE SHELF EQUIPMENT , MISSIONS , PERSONNEL , WORK , OCEANS , MILITARY PLANNING , SPECIAL FORCES , CIVIL AFFAIRS , QUIET , FOREIGN LANGUAGES


Subject Categories : Military Forces and Organizations
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE