Accession Number : ADA589187


Title :   Enabling Unity of Effort in Response Activities during Complex Catastrophes


Descriptive Note : Research paper


Corporate Author : ARMY WAR COLLEGE CARLISLE BARRACKS PA


Personal Author(s) : Harner, Monte S


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a589187.pdf


Report Date : Mar 2013


Pagination or Media Count : 52


Abstract : Unity of effort is a fundamental principle of any complex activity that seeks to focus diverse personnel and resources toward a common goal. In the realm of disaster response, achieving unity of effort is paramount, because orchestrating a rapid response directly translates into saved lives. However, achieving unity of effort while in the midst of the chaos following a complex catastrophe is extremely difficult. This paper considers command and control constructs that support a whole-of-community approach to achieving unity of effort in complex catastrophe response. In that vein, organization and preparedness at all levels (local, state, and federal) are critical to facilitating an integrated, multi-sector response. The National Response Framework is an effective structure for facilitating effective unity of effort, but the Framework is silent on coordinating military support. Innovative joint command and control concepts such as the Dual-Status Commander and USNORTHCOM's Joint Interagency Task Force will enhance efficiency in relief and recovery operations, and will ultimately protect and restore the nation's people, infrastructure, property, and environment.


Descriptors :   *DISASTERS , *HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE , *INTERAGENCY COORDINATION , *JOINT MILITARY ACTIVITIES , *MILITARY ASSISTANCE , *MILITARY FORCES(UNITED STATES) , *RESPONSE , COMMAND AND CONTROL SYSTEMS , LOCAL GOVERNMENT , PREPARATION , STATE GOVERNMENT , UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT


Subject Categories : Government and Political Science
      Military Forces and Organizations
      Civil Defense


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE