The CFE-DM Program Plan FY 19-23

Download the CFE-DM Program Plan for FY19-23

The Program Plan outlines the major tasks, priorities, and objectives of the Center for Excellence in Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance (CFE-DM) as it reaches its twenty-fifth anniversary and beyond. This plan guides the Center's activities in alignment with strategic priorities, as outlined by the Director. The priorities and activities outlined here support strategic guidance and guidance from U.S. Indo-Pacific Command (INDOPACOM), Department of Defense (DoD), and title 10 United States Code section 182 (10 U.S.C. § 182), and encapsulates the Director's plan for the Center's programs over the next five years and provides a foundation for future staff guidance.

The Center operates under the authorities granted, and recommendations made by, 10 U.S.C. §182, INDOPACOM Instructions, INDOPACOM/CFE-DM Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), INDOP ACOM Campaign Plan, the annual INDOP ACOM Campaign Order, and DoD guidance:

  • 10 u.s.c. § 182
  • INDOPACOM Theater Campaign Plan: Objectives 2-7 and 3-3, Lines of Effort 8 and 9.
  • INDOPACOM Theater Campaign Order: Section 10
  • INDOPACOM Joint Training Plan: Mission Essential Tasks 4.2.4, 5.4.4, and 8.2.
  • National Defense Strategy: NDS-3 "Sustaining Joint Force military advantages, both globally and in key regions:' NDS-5 "Enabling U.S. Interagency counterparts to advance U.S. influence and interests:' and NDS-14 "Lines of Effort: strengthen Alliances and attract new partners:' 
  • Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) Guidance Memo: 23 September 2016


According to 10 U.S.C. § 182, the Center was established "to provide and facilitate education, training,and research in civil-military operations, particularly operations which require international disaster management and humanitarian assistance and operations that require coordination between DoD and other agencies." The Center aligns its efforts pursuant to this mandate, and in support of DoD and INDOP ACOM objectives and guidance.

Mission: CFE-DM increases the readiness of U.S. forces, civilian and military counterparts, and international partners to respond globally to foreign humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations through Civil-Military coordination, training, information sharing, and regional planning.

Vision: CFE-DM exists to save lives and alleviate human suffering by connecting people, improving coordination and building capability.

Lines of Effort:

In executing its Mission and Vision, the Center supports DoD and INDOPACOM objectives through the
following lines of effort (LOEs):

  1. Advise and Assist: Provide knowledge, expertise, and situational awareness to support decision making before, during, and after crises.
  2. Training and Education: Build awareness, understanding, and skills that help DoD, partner militaries, interagency, and international organizations plan for and execute foreign disaster relief (FDR) missions.
  3. Applied Research and Information Support: Capture relevant disaster management and humanitarian assistance (DMHA) lessons learned and best practices, inform civil-military decision-makers, network with stakeholders and potential partners, and communicate the Center's value to its stakeholders, enablers, and customers.
  4. Regional Civil-Military Coordination: Establish and strengthen relationships with a range of disaster management oriented Indo-Pacific regional organizations.