The CFE-DM Program Plan
For the Center, Meeting Disaster Management Challenges with Excellence requires sharp focus and bold decision-making. This document serves as the blueprint for ensuring the most efficient use of existing resources and provides a medium-term plan for aligning goals, objectives, and methods to meet specified end-states by FY20. To this end, the Center takes a “USPACOM and Indo-Asia-Pacific First” approach and supports other Geographic Combatant Commanders (GCCs) when such requirements are appropriately resourced.
The Center is resourced to execute its statutory requirements consistent with 10 U.S.C. § 182 with the exception of paragraphs: 3(A) Management of the consequences of nuclear, biological, and chemical events; 3(B) Management of the consequence of terrorism; and 3(E) Tropical medicine. Although the statute mandates these activities, others in DOD hold a comparative advantage and are better resourced for these missions. (see Appendix D for the full narrative of 10 U.S.C. § 182). After a comprehensive review, it is essential that the Center sharpen its focus from thirteen to three LOEs, buttressed by three Key Enablers. The Center will focus on the areas of Training and Education, Applied Research and Information Sharing, and Regional Civil-Military Coordination. The Center will employ its resources on the activities which best support the USPACOM TCO, while developing collaborative partnerships with other directorates and entities to facilitate the fulfillment of its statutory requirements (e.g., coordinating DMHA Key Leader Engagements with the USPACOM J9, Pacific Outreach Directorate). The Center will accomplish these LOEs so as to reinforce the objectives of the USPACOM Theater Campaign Plan (TCP) consistent with the USPACOM Theater Campaign Order (TCO).
- LOE 1: Training and Education (TE) is the Center’s primary contribution to the USPACOM Phase 0 effort. Center courses are an important form of outreach to military and civilian audiences. Training and education builds awareness, understanding, and skills to help DOD personnel plan for and execute DMHA missions.
- LOE 2: Applied Research and Information Sharing (ARIS) captures relevant DMHA lessons learned and assessments, informs civil-military decision-makers, networks with stakeholders and potential partners, and communicates the Center’s value to its stakeholders, enablers, and customers.
- LOE 3: Regional Civil-Military Coordination (RCMC) strengthens USPACOM’s working relationship with a range of Indo-Asia-Pacific regional organizations, such as the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (ROAP), the regional offices of the Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA), and the ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on Disaster Management (AHA Centre).
A set of critical enabling capabilities supports these three LOEs. The Center’s Key Enablers are Advising USPACOM Leadership, Partnering, and Mission Support. They underscore everything we do and link all activities across the LOEs.
- Advising USPACOM Leadership provides knowledge, expertise, and awareness to support decision-making before, during, and after a crisis.
- Partnering is vital to everything the Center accomplishes. We have a history of working with a diverse range of partners on training, research, and engagement activities, including instructor exchanges, collaboration on lessons learned reports, and regional training courses on civil-military coordination and health emergencies. The Center is looking for additional partners to meet disaster management challenges with excellence.
- Mission Support provides the foundation for our excellence in all that we accomplish, including: personnel development, budgeting and financial accountability, and contracting. The Center will ensure accountability and transparency to all stakeholders, enablers, and customers.
The manner in which the Center performs its day-to-day tasks is vital to achieving its mandate, mission, and vision. Established by the U.S. Congress in 1994 as a part of the Department of Defense, the Center was formed to facilitate partnerships and collaboration between military and civilian DMHA organizations. The Center’s expertise and operations are focused on understanding, educating, training, facilitating, and communicating the principles and practice of bridging diverse civilian and military organizations as they strive to achieve the common goal of saving lives and alleviating human suffering. We believe that large-scale events will continue to include such interactions into the foreseeable future. Therefore, we deliver value to USPACOM, other DOD stakeholders, partner nation militaries, and diverse U.S. and international organizations through our understanding of the complexities and sensitivities inherent in civilian-military interaction in a disaster. The men and women of the Center are committed to essential guiding principles to realize its vision. They are:
EXCELLENCE IN DMHA: Meeting disaster management challenges with excellence requires innovative, cutting-edge thought-leaders who are in a constant condition of study, certification, experience and instruction.
UNITY OF EFFORT: The Center contributes to a whole-of-government effort to resolve DMHA challenges. A small but uniquely capable CFE-DM staff ensures each engagement results in tangible outcomes focused on achieving our vision.
GOOD GOVERNANCE: Transparency in budgeting, finance, personnel, and contracting ensures accountability to Center stakeholders and customers. Good governance is a part of everything we do now and into the future.
The balance of this document will describe what the Center will deliver within the 2016-2020 time horizon. Chapters 1-3 outline each of the LOEs and Chapter 4 describes the Center’s Key Enablers. Appendices A-C lay out specific time-phased Goals, Objectives, and Methods for the Center. Of note, the Center continues to experience both budgetary and personnel constraints. Appendices AC will serve as a foundation for evaluating our performance, and may also identify resource constraints, which preclude us from achieving our goals. For example, a fully resourced Center can do more for other Combatant Commands based upon our Title 10 mandate, but until such time as CFE-DM receives a substantial increase in funding, or sources of funds outside of USPACOM, we assume risk by not meeting the global component of our mandate.
This program plan will be reassessed annually or as needed and supersedes the 2014-2018 Strategy produced in January of 2014.