Humanitarian Assistance: An Opportunity Is Lost
NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI JOINT MILITARY OPERATIONS DEPT
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The literature is replete with inspiring stories of successful humanitarian missions HA. The missions alleviate pain and sufferings, and if only in the short term, better the community they serve but do these missions fully support the geographic combatant commanders GCC theater security cooperation plans TSCP An objective analysis indicates the United States humanitarian assistance programs lack strategic vision, effective interagency coordination, adequate funding, and responsiveness and therefore, do not fully support the GCCs TSCP. This paper evaluates the strategic benefits and opportunities of HA. It also examines the development of the GCCs Humanitarian Civic Action program and the effectiveness of the Department of Defense-Department of State interagency relationship. Based upon the research presented, the author draws conclusions and provides specific recommendations to improve HAs linkage to and support of the GCCs TSCP.
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