Preventive Humanitarian Assistance and GWOT in PACOM
NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI JOINT MILITARY OPERATIONS DEPT
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More can be done to develop a systematic program of preventive HA through the innovative use of theater forces, materiel, and manpower. Operations can be modified or planned to support dedicated HA and in support of the TSCP, a long-term HA strategy needs to be crafted to focus these efforts in the right locations using the most effective means as part of the Global War on Terror. Most relief interaction between the U.S. military and PACOM country populations has been through brief crisis responses or through aid provided coincident to military exercises. Disaster relief is a tremendous capability and goes a long way toward strengthening relationships with PACOM nations, but it is reactive and may or may not have an impact on populations where extremism is a potential factor. Development of an effective strategy would accomplish several things 1 improve attitudes and impressions of the U.S. and partner nations among the serviced populations 2 stem the possible development of extremism among these populations 3 improve interoperability and strengthen relationships between and among the U.S., partner nations, and NGOs 4 and provide training between, and exposure to, participating forces. This strategy will also save lives and treasure by preventing future humanitarian crises and better preparing forces that may be called upon to react to natural or manmade disasters.
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