Accession Number:

ADA470757

Title:

Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief Communications for the 21st Century

Descriptive Note:

Research paper

Corporate Author:

NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI JOINT MILITARY OPERATIONS DEPT

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2007-05-10

Pagination or Media Count:

27.0

Abstract:

Communication requirements for humanitarian assistance or disaster relief operations HADR differ from conventional combat operations -- the military commander requires an unclassified, information-sharing architecture to effectively collaborate and coordinate with the civilian agencies and organizations involved in such an operation. The military response is often at the operational level but this response can have strategic effects on U.S. prestige and credibility in a given region. All combatant commands must be ready to respond to a humanitarian crisis or natural disaster, and to do so effectively they must share information with civilian entities in the operating environment. This paper will do the following analyze Operation Unified Assistance, the United States Pacific Commands response to the 2004 tsunami natural disaster draw conclusion about the communications architecture used in this operation and discuss the lessons learned for operational commanders who are involved in HADR communications and collaboration.

Subject Categories:

  • Government and Political Science
  • Computer Systems
  • Military Forces and Organizations
  • Unconventional Warfare

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE