Accession Number : ADA264446
Title : America's Unfocused Humanitarian and Civic Assistance Programs: Is Anybody in Charge? Where are we Going?
Descriptive Note : Study project
Corporate Author : ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
Personal Author(s) : Schinasi, Lee D
Report Date : 15 Apr 1993
Pagination or Media Count : 48
Abstract : The United States military is a crucial player in America's foreign assistance programs. Under the State Department's overall authority, and the United States Agency for International Development's management, armed forces assets provide educational, training, construction, and humanitarian services to a significant segment of the Third World. However, in today's underdeveloped Central and South American countries, it is difficult to see a significant return on our HCA investments. Smothering poverty still exists, and even though it appears that limited Democratic institutions are beginning to emerge,, the economic and political forces which maintain poverty are still firmly in power. This paper examines why American political, economic, and military initiatives have not been more successful in focusing on, and then working to eradicate, the root causes of poverty instead of generally treating its symptoms. Also included are recommendations for organizational and structural changes which might facilitate removing the host nation oligopolies and oligarchies responsible for continuing the unfortunate status quo.
Descriptors : *MILITARY ASSISTANCE , *MANAGEMENT PLANNING AND CONTROL , UNITED STATES , ECONOMICS , FOCUSING , INTERNATIONAL , SOUTH AMERICA , CENTRAL AMERICA , FOREIGN AID
Subject Categories : Administration and Management
Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE