Accession Number : ADA525416
Title : Defense Management: U.S. Southern Command Demonstrates Interagency Collaboration, but Its Haiti Disaster Response Revealed Challenges Conducting a Large Military Operation
Descriptive Note : Congressional rept.
Corporate Author : GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE WASHINGTON DC
Personal Author(s) : Pendleton, John H ; Mak, Marie ; Geiger, Richard ; Jones, Mae ; Lord, Arthur ; Neer, Jennifer ; Putansu, Steven ; Shaughnessy, Michael ; Steele, Amie
Report Date : Jul 2010
Pagination or Media Count : 53
Abstract : U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) has been cited as having mature interagency processes and coordinating mechanisms. As evidenced by the earthquakes that shook Haiti in January 2010, the challenges that SOUTHCOM faces require coordinated efforts from U.S. government agencies, international partners, and nongovernmental and private organizations. This report (1) assesses the extent that SOUTHCOM exhibits key attributes that enhance and sustain collaboration with interagency and other stakeholders and (2) evaluates SOUTHCOM's approach for developing an organizational structure that facilitates interagency collaboration and positions the command to conduct a full range of missions. To conduct this review, GAO analyzed SOUTHCOM documents, conducted interviews with the command and a number of its partners, and visited three U.S. embassies in the Caribbean and Central and South America.
Descriptors : *HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE , *INTERAGENCY COORDINATION , *MILITARY OPERATIONS , *COOPERATION , *MANAGEMENT , HAITI , PEACEKEEPING , EARTHQUAKES , RESPONSE , DEFENSE SYSTEMS , ORGANIZATIONS , DISASTERS , MISSIONS
Subject Categories : Administration and Management
Military Forces and Organizations
Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE