About CFE-DM

The Center for Excellence in Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance (CFE-DM) is a U.S. Department of Defense organization that was established by U.S. Congress in 1994. The Center is a direct reporting unit to U.S. Pacific Command and is located on Ford Island, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii.

CFE-DM was founded as part of the late Senator Daniel K. Inouye's vision. The Senator had witnessed the effects of Hurricane Iniki that struck the Hawaiian Islands in 1992, and felt the civil-military coordination in the response could have been more effective.  He set about to establish the CFE-DM to help bridge understanding between civil and military responders, and to provide a DOD platform for building DMHA awareness and expertise in U.S. forces, and with partner nations in the Asia-Pacific. While maintaining a global mandate, the Asia-Pacific region is our priority of effort and collaboration is the cornerstone of our operational practice.

The CFE-DM Program Plan

The CFE-DM Program plan 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.

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Hierarchy of Strategies, Plans, and Doctrine for Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance

Key statements from various U.S. government strategy documents that highlight the importance of disaster preparedness and humanitarian assistance principles and experience.

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Director, CFE-DM

Mr. Joseph D. Martin  is the Director of the Department of Defense Center for Excellence in Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance (CFE-DM) on Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

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CFE-DM Staff

CFE-DM employs an interdisciplinary team of individuals to effectively encompass all aspects of disaster management and humanitarian assistance mitigation and response.


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CFE-DM Partnerships

CFE-DM partners with a diverse group of governmental and nongovernmental actors to increase collaborations and capabilities of the worldwide DMHA community. 

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