Accession Number : ADA600201


Title :   Enhancing Joint Warfighting Readiness Through Conduct of Foreign Disaster Relief Operations


Descriptive Note : Master's thesis


Corporate Author : NATIONAL DEFENSE UNIV NORFOLK VA JOINT FORCES STAFF COLLEGE


Personal Author(s) : McCulloch, Mark W


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a600201.pdf


Report Date : 26 Mar 2014


Pagination or Media Count : 65


Abstract : Throughout the history of the United States military, the nation's leaders have used the armed forces to assist with overseas disaster relief operations, but it is only in the past 10 years that national strategic documents have identified these operations as a primary mission for the U.S. military. Critics have raised a number of concerns with the use of military forces for these operations, with division of training focu s as a dominant recurring theme. This paper argues that although some combat skill sets will degrade over a unit's extended employment for disaster relief operations, with proper doctrine and force assignment, other joint warfighting skills will be exercised and enhanced, generally resulting in an overall stronger warfighting readiness for the participating units. The research shows that although they do not employ all of the skill required for combat, disaster relief operations are complex contingency operations that provide unique training opportunities while furthering U.S. national interests.


Descriptors :   *COMBAT READINESS , *HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE , *JOINT MILITARY ACTIVITIES , *MILITARY TRAINING , CASE STUDIES , EARTHQUAKES , HAITI , HURRICANES , INDIAN OCEAN , INTERAGENCY COORDINATION , JAPAN , LESSONS LEARNED , MILITARY DOCTRINE , MILITARY FORCES(FOREIGN) , MILITARY FORCES(UNITED STATES) , NATURAL DISASTERS , TSUNAMIS


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


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE