Who Should Set Airlift Priorities During Foreign Humanitarian Assistance/Disaster Relief Operations and on What Basis
NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI JOINT MILITARY OPERATIONS DEPT
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During foreign humanitarian assistancedisaster relief FHADR operations, the Department of Defense DOD occasionally supports the U.S. Agency for International Development USAID in USAIDs role as lead federal agency for FHADR. Despite being only one of potentially many supporting U.S. government USG agencies, DOD components can be put in the challenging position of prioritizing the airlift cargo for other USG agencies supporting USAIDs lead. This paper argues that when DOD assets are to be used to airlift cargo for interagency partners during FHADR operations, USAID should set the transportation priorities for the interagency cargo based on USG objectives, the USAIDs concept of operations and the situation the joint force commander should then be responsible for integrating the interagency airlift priorities into the overall airlift priorities communicated to U.S. Transportation Command for actual movement.
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