Accession Number : ADA574561


Title :   Measured Maritime Responses to Disaster Relief Scenarios in the Pacific


Descriptive Note : Master's thesis


Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA DEPT OF NATIONAL SECURITY AFFAIRS


Personal Author(s) : Ray, Richard S


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a574561.pdf


Report Date : Dec 2012


Pagination or Media Count : 89


Abstract : This thesis attempts to determine whether the United States has appropriately scaled its maritime response to humanitarian disasters within the Asia-Pacific region. Has the United States neglected to conduct accurate needs-based assessments and in turn responded to its regional partners with excess military capacity? The presence of excess military capacity presents a number of difficulties and may indicate a failure to properly anticipate the operational environment due to the distinctive humanitarian nature of disaster assistance operations. The thesis examines the U.S. military's maritime responses to the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami and the 2004 Aceh Earthquake and tsunami in search of consistencies in response and possible instances of excessive force laydowns. The case studies illustrate instances in which U.S. maritime assets did not undertake the role of primary agent in delivering aid and therefore filled operational space with capability that was either excessive or ill suited to the host nation.


Descriptors :   *EARTHQUAKES , *HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE , *INDONESIA , *JAPAN , *MILITARY FORCES(UNITED STATES) , *RESPONSE , *TSUNAMIS , CASE STUDIES , CONSISTENCY , GOVERNMENT(FOREIGN) , INDIAN OCEAN , MILITARY ASSISTANCE , MILITARY FORCES(FOREIGN) , MILITARY PLANNING , NATURAL DISASTERS , NAVY , PACIFIC OCEAN , THESES


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


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