Accession Number : ADA441106


Title :   The United States Military and Humanitarian Operations


Corporate Author : NATIONAL WAR COLL WASHINGTON DC


Personal Author(s) : Booth, Donald E


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a441106.pdf


Report Date : Jan 1995


Pagination or Media Count : 20


Abstract : Since the end of the Cold War, the United States has employed its military on a dozen occasions to provide humanitarian assistance at home and abroad to victims of man-made and natural disasters. In FY94 alone, sixty countries benefitted from humanitarian assistance provided by the Department of Defense.3 These humanitarian operations and other deployments for operations other than war have led military officers and defense experts to question the impact such operations have on the military's readiness now and future ability successfully to fulfill its primary mission: deter aggression and defend the nation -- fight and win the nation's wars. Humanitarian operations use resources and preempt the training military forces need to be ready to fight. On the other hand, often only the military has the capabilities needed to provide emergency humanitarian assistance.


Descriptors :   *MILITARY FORCES(UNITED STATES) , *MILITARY ASSISTANCE , MILITARY OPERATIONS , MILITARY CAPABILITIES , MILITARY TRAINING , OPERATIONAL READINESS , UNITED STATES


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


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE