Establishing a U.S. Unity of Effort in Humanitarian Assistance Operations
MARINE CORPS COMBAT DEVELOPMENT COMMAND QUANTICO VA
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A U.S. unity of effort during the Southeast Asian tsunami relief effort could have been achieved through increased communication, standardization of operations, combined training among the agencies involved, and empowerment of United States Agency for International Development USAID. U.S. efforts in response to the Southeast Asian tsunami of December 2004 included USAID, military and non-governmental organizations,NGO assets. Through a case study of the events of the relief effort, several problems became apparent with civil-military humanitarian assistance, and disaster relief operations including duplicative assessment efforts, information sharing among different agencies, and communication between agencies. With USAID as the designated lead U.S. agency for humanitarian assistance and disaster relief efforts, several improvements to disaster response can be made through open source internet sharing, incentives for NGO standardization, U.S agency exchange tours, and increased interagency training exercises.
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