Synergy at its Best: Fostering a Cooperative Relationship Between the Joint Force Commander and In-Theater NGOs
NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI
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Non-Governmental Organizations NGOs and Private Volunteer Organizations PVOs have existed since the Seventeenth century. Because of the nature of their work, people from these organizations will function alongside U.S. Military personnel in virtually every type of operation. A basic understanding of the culture and philosophy of the NGOPVO community will help the Joint Force Commander JFC establish and develop the synergistic relationship required for both organizations to achieve maximum success. The fundamental principles of the International Committee of the Red Cross ICRC provide an outstanding template to aid the JFC in understanding what drives the NGOPVO community. After analyzing his own objectives with these fundamental principles in mind, the operational commander can compare his goals with the goals of the NGO. This practice may lead to unity of effort. An examination of the militaryNGO relationship in Haiti, Central America, and Kosovo illuminates some of the challenges the JFC faces when conducting complex humanitarian missions. From an analysis of these challenges, the JFC can take some proactive steps to improve his chances of achieving the desired synergistic relationship with the in-theater NGOs. Consistent application of existing doctrine, professional education, and solid operational leadership will help both the JFC and his NGOPVO partners accomplish their equally challenging missions.
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