CFE-DM Initiatives

Lines of Effort: The Center for Excellence has sharpened its focus to three lines of effort: 

Training and Education (TE): Training and Education is the cornerstone of the Center’s mission.  The courses CFE-DM offers are an important form of outreach to military and civilian practioners  Training and education builds awareness, understanding, and skills to help U.S. and foreign military personnel navigate complex issues in DMHA. The Center fills a unique niche in DMHA training, and as a result prepares and equips its training audience to respond more effectively to disasters and humanitarian crisis as part of an international response. 

Applied Research and Information Sharing (ARIS):  The ARIS function focuses on building capacity to inform civil-military audiences and decision-makers in DMHA. Products like country-focused disaster management reference handbooks,  after action reports, and disaster management country assessments are key CFE-DM contributions to the disaster management community, which provide best practices and lessons learned for advancement in response coordination.

Regional Civilian-Military Coordination (RCMC): In support of USPACOM and OSD, a critical objective for CFE-DM is to improve cross-coordination and reduce duplication of efforts within the disaster management community. Through the Regional Civil-Military Coordination Branch, the Center improves collaboration between the civilian multinational organizations supporting disaster management. The focus of this initiative is to promote the U.S. involvement in civil-military consultations and dialogues between ARF, the EAS, ADMM, ADMM-Plus, ACDM, PIF, and ADSOM and other relevant HADR parties, such as the AHA Centre, UNOCHA, and the RHCC. This is where the Center strives to provide a uniquely competent and constructive role within the civil-military disaster management network. 

Enabling Functions: The three Lines of Effort will be enabled by a strong Partnering program, Mission Support, and a highly capable staff postured to provide Advice and Assistance to the commander, components and staffs before, during and after disaster strikes. 

Partnering: In 2014-15, CFE-DM took the initial steps to institutionalize its partnerships into a formal program, by which the Center could more effectively identify, coordinate, validate and execute partnerships. CFE-DM’s primary goals for its Partnership Program are to: provide additional opportunities in disaster management to advise and assist, train, engage, and share information; receive financial donations as authorized by Title 10 to further CFE-DM mission objectives; advance understanding of CFE-DM mission and capabilities; and increase mission and cost effectiveness of CFE-DM operations, actions and activities.

Mission Support: CFE-DM will operate under the principle of good governance in all areas: personnel management, budget, and contracting. Transparency in budgeting, finance and contracting ensure accountability to CFE-DM stake holders and customers. The activities are organizationally grouped into the Command Element and Mission Support Branch, both of which are committed to excel in their efficiency and responsiveness to program plan activities.

Advice and Assistance: The pre-crisis or mitigation phase of the disaster management cycle requires constant vigilance, study and dialogue. CFE-DM’s personnel serve as trusted advisors before, during and after the response phase of USPACOM supported operations. In a crisis, the entire organization shifts to a crisis response mode in accordance with our Crisis Standard Operating Procedure, and is postured to deploy forward as requested or required.