Accession Number : ADA563765


Title :   Humanitarian Assistance and 'Soft' Power Projection


Descriptive Note : Research paper


Corporate Author : NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI JOINT MILITARY OPERATIONS DEPT


Personal Author(s) : Bouie, Danny R


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a563765.pdf


Report Date : 04 May 2012


Pagination or Media Count : 25


Abstract : Humanitarian Assistance is not normally associated with National Power Projection. However, the U.S. military is the primary element of national power used to project hard power and support humanitarian assistance operations globally. Commanders and joint planners alike have historically underestimated the strategic effects in the link between humanitarian assistance operations and its potential as a tool in projecting U.S. Soft' power using the military element. To better understand this linkage, the process must start with the way in which Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Recovery (HA/DR) are viewed. The two terms are used almost interchangeably at the tactical and operational levels. The military generally receives a great deal of media coverage during HA/DR operations, but this feeds the negative perception of the military being a reactionary force. At the theater/operational level, joint planners must make the connection between Humanitarian Assistance and Soft' Power Projection as they relate to the Commanders' Theater Security Cooperation Plans and the integration of all U.S. government agencies in their regions.


Descriptors :   *COOPERATION , *HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE , *INTERAGENCY COORDINATION , *JOINT MILITARY ACTIVITIES , *MILITARY FORCES(UNITED STATES) , *NONGOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS , *UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT , CIVILIAN POPULATION , COMMUNITY RELATIONS , CRISIS MANAGEMENT , GOVERNMENT(FOREIGN) , NATURAL DISASTERS , SECURITY


Subject Categories : Government and Political Science
      Military Forces and Organizations
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE