ASEAN Civil-Military meeting in Thailand
April 4, 2017
BANGSEAN, Thailand – Two disaster scenarios haunt the residents of ASEAN nations: an earthquake and tsunami hitting nations like Indonesia and the Philippines, or a cyclone and flood striking countries like Myanmar and Thailand.
To address these possible catastrophic scenarios, more than 40 military, government, humanitarian and civilian disaster management experts from around the Asia-Pacific gathered at the ASEAN Civil-Military Coordination Meeting in Thailand, April 4-6. The goal: to discuss, exchange and propose civil-military coordination mechanism solutions in the event that a similar disaster occurs.
Hosted by Thailand’s Ministry of Defense, staff members from the Center for Excellence in Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance (CFE-DM) supported the event by providing a presentationon on the Multi-National Coordination Center (MNCC), leading two working group discussions, and drafting the after action report.
“This workshop was organized as a preparation of ASEAN in responding to severe and frequent disasters,” said Thai Lt. Gen. Apinun Kumproh, chief of military affairs coordination officers to the Office of the National Security Council, Office of Policy and Planning, who gave the welcome and opening remarks. “The main objective of this workshop is to exchange information and experiences, create opportunity to coordinate and to enhance relations, and these in turn will lead to the development of cooperation between civilians and the military in the capacity of partnerships in humanitarian assistance.”
Mike Sashin, Regional Civil-Military Coordination (RCMC) Branch chief for CFE-DM, presented the MNCC operations brief during the second day. During his presentation he emphasized the importance of regional cooperation during the establishment and operation of an MNCC in response to a disaster.
“MNCC's coordinate military assets but they don't command them,” said Sashin. “Which is why the coordination between the military command structure and host nation leadership is critical.”
Additional CFE-DM staff, including Jesse Wolfe and Lloyd Puckett from RCMC, and Alan Aoki from the Applied Research and Information Sharing Branch, are facilitating and providing subject matter expertise to two mega-disaster response working groups, with Wolfe providing the wrap-up discussion of the opening day.
Participants of the three-day meeting will take the information gained through discussions to further build upon the ASEAN Joint Disaster Response Plan at the Regional Consultative Group scheduled for December 2017.
Mike Sashin, Regional Civil-Military Coordination (RCMC) Branch chief for CFE-DM, presents a Multi-National Coordination Center (MNCC) operations brief at the ASEAN Civil-Military Coordination Meeting in Thailand, April 5. The meeting gathered more than 40 military, government, humanitarian and civilian disaster management experts from around the Asia-Pacific to discuss, exchange and propose civil-military coordination mechanism solutions in the event that a disaster occurs.