Accession Number:

AD1095537

Title:

U.S. Army North in the Hurricane Maria Response

Descriptive Note:

Technical Report

Corporate Author:

RAND ARROYO CENTER SANTA MONICA CA SANTA MONICA United States

Report Date:

2020-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

236.0

Abstract:

When hurricanes Irma and Maria struck Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands USVI in September 2017, there was a whole-of-government response involving local, state, federal, civilian, and military responders. In late September, U.S. Northern Command USNORTHCOMdesignated U.S. Army North USARNORTH as the joint force land component commander JFLCC for Department of Defense DoD support to civilian disaster-response operations in the wake of the two hurricanes, a role USARNORTH played until mid-November 2017. To evaluate its response to the hurricanes in Puerto Rico and USVI, USARNORTH directed RAND Arroyo Center to answer five main questions How did the DoD response in Puerto Rico and USVI match or deviate from the National Response Framework NRF, doctrine, authorities, and organizational templates How did the defense coordinating officer DCO and dual-status commander DSC roles in the Maria effort differ from their doctrinal roles, and why What Headquarters training is required for an effective response, and what baseline preparations would another organization need to effectively command and control C2 a large disaster response What changes to the mission assignment MA process are required, and how should DoD mitigate challenges in future incidents What was the significance of public affairs at different levels Puerto Rican, national, and internal military audiences

Subject Categories:

  • Meteorology
  • Administration and Management

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE