Strategy to Task Analysis
The Center for Excellence in Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance was established in 1994 by congressional legislation to address the worldwide need for education, training, and interagency and international civil-military cooperation and coordination to provide relief, stability, and security.
Below are key statements from various U.S. government strategy documents that highlight the importance of disaster preparedness and humanitarian assistance principles and experience.
All quotations below are UNCLASSIFIED.
2010 National Security Strategy
"Lead Efforts to Address Humanitarian Crises: Together with the American people and the international community, we will continue to respond to humanitarian crises to ensure that those in need have the protection and assistance they need."
"Build Cooperation with Other 21st Century Centers of Influence: We will work to advance these mutual interests through our alliances, deepen our relationships with emerging powers, and pursue a stronger role in the region's multilateral architecture, including the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation forum, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and the East Asia Summit."
"Indonesia—as the world’s fourth most populous country, a member of the G-20, and a democracy—will become an increasingly important partner on regional and transnational issues such as climate change, counterterrorism, maritime security, peacekeeping, and disaster relief."
"Enhance Cooperation with and Strengthen the United Nations: We are enhancing our coordination with the U.N. and its agencies. We are working with U.N. personnel and member states to strengthen the U.N.’s leadership and operational capacity in peacekeeping, humanitarian relief, post-disaster recovery, development assistance, and the promotion of human rights."
2014-2017 Strategic Plan for the U.S. Department of State and the USAID
“We continue to respond to natural and man-made disasters wherever they strike.”
“USAID’s Policy Framework features eight interrelated development objectives:… (6) provide humanitarian assistance and support disaster mitigation;”
“While the Asia-Pacific is widely recognized as a region of economic dynamism, it is also home to 29 percent of the world’s poor and the site of 60 percent of the globe’s natural disasters.”
“Across the Asia-Pacific, the United States will join with its partners to promote democratic practices and improved governance, quality health and education, food security, strengthened disaster preparedness/emergency response, and improved environmental stewardship. This cooperation will contribute to greater civilian security, stability, and prosperity and stronger ties throughout the region.”
“Fragile countries are especially vulnerable to shocks, such as natural disasters and economic crises, and their spillover effects. Complex emergencies may arise that put demands on scarce humanitarian assistance resources. The U.S. government leads the international community in responding to crises, conflicts, and natural U.S. humanitarian assistance aims to save lives, alleviate suffering, and minimize the costs of conflict, crises, disasters, and displacement. This requires that the United States respond urgently to emergencies, and make concerted efforts to address hunger, resolve protracted humanitarian situations, and build the capacity to prevent and mitigate the effects of conflict and disasters.”
“Most natural disasters such as drought or floods cannot be prevented. However, the U.S. government aims to enhance the resilience of countries so that they can respond and recover as quickly as possible. Strengthening resilience enables our humanitarian assistance to start the rebuilding and transition to long-term political, economic, and social investments that will consolidate and protect future development gains.”
“We will provide needs-based humanitarian assistance through flexible and timely funding for persons affected by crises, conflicts, and natural disasters. Through collaboration with other donors and host countries, we will find solutions to displacement, we will promote disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation, and we will foster resilience.”
“Performance Goal 2.3.2 – Humanitarian Assistance: Response. By September 30, 2017, the United States will increase the timeliness and effectiveness of responses to U.S. government-declared international disasters, responding to 95 percent of disaster declarations within 72 hours and reporting on results.”
2012 Sustaining U.S. Global Leadership: Priorities for 21st Century Defense
"Conduct Humanitarian, Disaster Relief, and Other Operations. The nation has frequently called upon its Armed Forces to respond to a range of situations that threaten the safety and well-being of its citizens and those of other countries. U.S. forces possess rapidly deployable capabilities, including airlift and sealift, surveillance, medical evacuation and care, and communications that can be invaluable in supplementing lead relief agencies, by extending aid to victims of natural or man-made disasters, both at home and abroad."
2014 Quadrennial Defense Review
"The Department's defense strategy emphasizes three pillars: Protect the homeland…Build security globally… Project power and win decisively, to defeat aggression, disrupt and destroy terrorist networks, and provide humanitarian assistance and disaster relief."
"The American people expect the Department of Defense to assist civil authorities in saving and sustaining lives after natural and man-made disasters, including extreme weather events, pandemics, and industrial accidents."
"U.S. power projection capabilities are not only about defeating threats. From responding to crises to executing non-combatant evacuations and partnering with civilian agencies to conduct humanitarian disaster relief missions, the U.S. Armed Forces project power to provide stability when countries or regions need it most."
2012 Guidance for Employment of the Force
"Humanitarian Operations. In campaign and contingency planning, planners should consider the likelihood of, and potential requirements for, executing humanitarian operations. Preventative measures will be taken in appropriate coordination with other USG Agencies to mitigate both the likelihood and negative effects of man-made or natural disasters. Civil-military activities should include building partners’ capacities to prepare for, mitigate, or respond to humanitarian disasters, and improve basic living conditions of civilian populaces. The intended byproduct of these activities is to improve nations’ capabilities for delivering essential services to their own people.”
“Non-Governmental Organizations. Planners should make every effort to analyze the degree to which NGOs are engaged in development and humanitarian relief activities in their AORs; identify gaps and duplicative activities, and seek opportunities for cooperation that advance military objectives. For disaster relief planning, combatant commanders should analyze NGO capacity to carry out both mitigation and relief operations. Such analysis must be carried out in conjunction with USAID or the Department of State, which are the main interlocutors with the NGO community.”
2011 National Military Strategy
"Humanitarian assistance and disaster relief activities employ the Joint Force to address partner needs and sometimes provide opportunities to build confidence and trust between erstwhile adversaries. They also help us gain and maintain access and relationships that support our broader national interests. We must be prepared to support and facilitate the response of the United States Agency for International Development and other U.S. government agencies' to humanitarian crises."
2010 Joint Strategic Capabilities Plan
"Prepare to defeat adversaries and succeed in a wide range of contingencies. This includes maintaining the ability to simultaneously prevail against two capable nation-state aggressors, while evolving the force to be able to meet the broadest possible range of operations, from homeland defense (HD) and DSCA to stabilizing fragile states facing serious internal threats to natural disaster or humanitarian missions at home or abroad that occur in multiple and unpredictable combinations."
Joint Publication 3-07, Stability Operations
"Foreign Humanitarian Assistance (FHA) consists of DOD activities, normally in support of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) or DOS, conducted outside the US, its territories and possessions to relieve or reduce human suffering, disease, hunger, or privation. "
"Nation Assistance (NA). During military engagement, security cooperation, and deterrence activities, stability operations play an important role in joint operations conducted in consonance with the geographic combatant commanders' theater campaign plan objectives and support the objectives of individual country teams. U.S. nation assistance is civil or military assistance (other than FHA) rendered to a nation by U.S. forces within that nation's territory during peacetime, crises or emergencies, or war, based on agreements mutually concluded between the United States and that nation."
"The humanitarian assistance function includes programs conducted to meet basic human needs to ensure the social well-being of the population. Social well-being is characterized by access to and delivery of basic needs and services (water, food, shelter, sanitation, and health services), the provision of primary and secondary education, the return or voluntary resettlement of those displaced by violent conflict, and the restoration of a social fabric and community life."
"Civilian development agencies generally break humanitarian assistance into three categories: emergency, humanitarian, and disaster assistance; shorter-term transition initiatives; and longer-term development assistance. These generally parallel the military approach of initial response activities, transformational activities, and activities that foster sustainability; however, in the civilian agencies, each category has distinct operational approaches, staff, and resources."
"Armed Forces of the United States participation in humanitarian assistance generally falls into one of two categories. Humanitarian assistance that provides support to alleviate urgent needs in an HN caused by some type of disaster or catastrophe falls under the rubric of FHA. Humanitarian assistance conducted as part of programs designed to increase the long-term capacity of the HN to provide for the health and well-being of its populace typically falls under the rubric of NA."
"FHA consists of DOD activities, normally in support of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) or DOS, conducted outside the US, its territories and possessions to relieve or reduce human suffering, disease, hunger, or privation. FHA is conducted to relieve or reduce the results of natural or man-made disasters or endemic conditions that might present a serious threat to life or that can result in great damage to or loss of property. FHA provided by US forces is limited in scope and duration. The foreign assistance provided is designed to supplement or complement the efforts of the HN civil authorities or agencies that have the primary responsibility for providing that assistance. For further detail on FHA, refer to JP 3-29, Foreign Humanitarian Assistance."
Joint Publication 3-29, Foreign Humanitarian Assistance
“The Center for Excellence in Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance (COEDMHA) established by congressional legislation in 1994, operates under the authority of SecDef and fulfills a worldwide mission to enhance civil-military coordination through collaborative partnerships, education and training, and applied research. The Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Partnership Strategy and Stability Operations provides guidance through the Commander, United States Pacific Command (USPACOM), who exercises direct control of COEDMHA. As such, USPACOM and its Service components are primary customers. COEDMHA efforts focus on the operational level, supporting the CCDR’s TCP and preparing JTF commanders and staffs for disaster response and HA operations. Education, training, and applied research activities are designed to improve civil-military performance across the spectrum of humanitarian response from natural disasters to complex contingencies."
2013 USPACOM Strategy
"All Hazards. Natural and man-made disasters regularly impact the stability of the Asia-Pacific as a consequence of unstable geological fault lines, annual tropical depressions, and over-burdened coastal environments. Four of the six nations most susceptible to vectoring pandemic influenza are in the Asia-Pacific. When called upon, USPACOM will extend assistance in support of other U.S. government agencies and international organizations, to victims of natural or man-made disasters and support efforts to reduce risk to vulnerable populations."
USPACOM Theater Campaign Plan (TCP) 5000-20
"The main effort is to build strong relationships with Allies, Partners, other government agencies, and private organizations. Actions ensuring effective presence demonstrate USPACOM readiness for contingencies and assure the region of U.S. commitment. Strategic communication is integrated across all activities to gain greater effect and reinforce national level messages."
"USPACOM's success in the region is tied to solid security relationships with Allies, partners, multilateral constructs, and potential partners. To effectively shape the security environment, our continued regional presence and readiness to respond to contingencies are dependent on our regional partners as well as international organizations such as the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Additionally, other government agencies enhance USPACOM's efforts to strengthen relationships and build partner capacity in support of DoD mission areas. Non-governmental organizations and intergovernmental organizations, especially the United Nations, also contribute to regional integration, development, and security."
"‘All Hazards' includes natural disasters, pandemic influenza infectious disease, and man-made disasters (non-attributable: nuclear power plant accidents, oil spills, accidental release of bioagents, and industrial chemical leaks; and attributable such as genocide). ‘All Hazards' incidents will occur because of the unstable geological fault lines beneath the Indonesian Archipelago, running northwards through the Philippines and Japanese archipelagos, tropical depressions that form in the Pacific and Indian Oceans, and over-burdened coastal environments."
USPACOM – CFE Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)
“This MOU is entered into and between the Commander, USPACOM and the Director, CFE-DMHA for the purpose of clarifying the details of the relationship established in Title 10 United States Code, Section 182, the 2001 Defense Appropriations Act, and the SECDEF message dated 24 Apr 00 directing the ASD SOLIC to exercise authority, direction, and control over CFEDMHA through the Director, Joint Staff and USPACOM. This MOU is intended to define the relationship between both parties and to capture the unique arrangements established for the actual provision of administrative support services by USPACOM. This MOU facilitates and supplements CFE-DMHA’s tasks identified in the Theater Campaign Order and the basic command relationship identified in the documents mentioned above and USPACOMINST S3020.2L, Command Relationships in the U.S. Pacific Command.”
Title 10, §182
“(a) ESTABLISHMENT.—The Secretary of Defense may operate a Center for Excellence in Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance (in this section referred to as the ‘‘Center’’). (b) MISSIONS.—(1) The Center shall be used to provide and facilitate education, training, and research in civil-military operations, particularly operations that require international disaster management and humanitarian assistance and operations that require coordination between the Department of Defense and other agencies. (2) The Center shall be used to make available high-quality disaster management and humanitarian assistance in response to disasters. (3) The Center shall be used to provide and facilitate education, training, interagency coordination, and research on the following additional matters: (A) Management of the consequences of nuclear, biological, and chemical events. (B) Management of the consequences of terrorism. (C) Appropriate roles for the reserve components in the management of such consequences and in disaster management and humanitarian assistance in response to natural disasters. (D) Meeting requirements for information in connection with regional and global disasters, including the use of advanced communications technology as a virtual library. (E) Tropical medicine, particularly in relation to the medical readiness requirements of the Department of Defense. (4) The Center shall develop a repository of disaster risk indicators for the Asia-Pacific region. (5) The Center shall perform such other missions as the Secretary of Defense may specify. (c) JOINT OPERATION WITH EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTION AUTHORIZED.—The Secretary of Defense may enter into an agreement with appropriate officials of an institution of higher education to provide for joint operation of the Center. Any such agreement shall provide for the institution to furnish necessary administrative services for the Center, including administration and allocation of funds. (d) ACCEPTANCE OF DONATIONS.—(1) Except as provided in paragraph (2), the Secretary of Defense may accept, on behalf of the Center, donations to be used to defray the costs of the Center or to enhance the operation of the Center. Such donations may be accepted from any agency of the Federal Government, any State or local government, any foreign government, any foundation or other charitable organization (including any that is organized or operates under the laws of a foreign country), or any other private source in the United States or a foreign country. (2) The Secretary may not accept a donation under paragraph (1) if the acceptance of the donation would compromise or appear to compromise — (A) the ability of the Department of Defense, any employee of the Department, or members of the armed forces, to carry out any responsibility or duty of the Department in a fair and objective manner; or (B) the integrity of any program of the Department of Defense or of any person involved in such a program. (3) The Secretary shall prescribe written guidance setting forth the criteria to be used in determining whether or not the acceptance of a foreign donation would have a result described in paragraph (2). (4) Funds accepted by the Secretary under paragraph (1) as a donation on behalf of the Center shall be credited to appropriations available to the Department of Defense for the Center. Funds so credited shall be merged with the appropriations to which credited and shall be available for the Center for the same purposes and the same period as the appropriations with which merged.”
Payments for Education and Training of Personnel of Foreign Countries
Pub. L. 107–248, Title VIII, §8093, Oct. 23, 2002, 116 Stat. 1558, provided that: “During the current fiscal year and hereafter, under regulations prescribed by the Secretary of Defense, the Center of Excellence for Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance may also pay, or authorize payment for, the expenses of providing or facilitating education and training for appropriate military and civilian personnel of foreign countries in disaster management, peace operations, and humanitarian assistance.”
Similar provisions were contained in the following prior appropriation acts:
- Pub. L. 107–117, div. A, title VIII, §8109, Jan. 10, 2002, 115 Stat. 2272
- Pub. L. 106–259, title VIII, §8109, Aug. 9, 2000, 114 Stat. 698
- Pub. L. 106–79, title VIII, §8139, Oct. 25, 1999, 113 Stat. 1269
ASD SOLIC Policy Guidance Memo for CFE-DMHA
“Thank you for your recent efforts in support of CFE, and the steps you have taken to reestablish the Center as the Department's premier international humanitarian assistance and disaster management organization. I wish to convey my continued support and appreciation for the work conducted by CFE, and to provide Policy guidance on prioritization of CFE's activities. Consistent with the Center's missions and authorities assigned in section 182 of Title 10, U.S. Code, I request that you direct CFE to conduct activities in accordance with the following guidance:
- Create and provide education and training focused on civil-military coordination, effective disaster management response, and developing partner capacity in those areas.
- Prepare to assume program management of the Civil-Military Emergency Preparedness Program in FY15.
- When requested, provide advice and assistance to DoD component staffs during foreign disaster response missions.
- Develop collaborative partnerships with civilian governmental and nongovernmentcal organizations, foreign militaries, and academic institutions with disaster management and humanitarian assistance (DMHA) missions or programs.
- Conduct research to improve the planning for and execution of DoD humanitarian assistance missions and foreign disaster relief operations. Make results of research readily available to the DMHA community.
The guidance is not intended to restrict the Center from supporting and participating in USPACOMdirected activities and programs. I have tasked the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Partnership Strategy and Stability Operations (DASD/PSO) to maintain policy oversight of CFE, and facilitate updates of this guidance annually. As such, I request PACOM provide DASD/PSO with a notional plan of action that supports the above guidance.”
USPACOM J00 Decision Memo on DMHA Coordination
- "(U) BLUF: Recommend J00 approve designation of Director, Center for Excellence (CFE) as coordinating authority for USPACOM Theater Campaign (Phase 0) Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance (DMHA) engagements. As coordinating authority, CFE will advise USPACOM on DMHA operations, actions, and activities (OAA) and engage with foreign partners on the same.
- (U) Key Points:
- Disaster Management is a term encompassing disaster preparedness, prevention, mitigation and response. As disaster management capability has grown within the Pacific theater, disaster management also now includes activities addressing disaster risk reduction and resiliency. CFE role in DMHA is focused on pre-crisis (Phase 0) activities, not response operations, though they have a role in advising on response operations. (Note: in this memo, DMHA and HADR are interchangeable terms and refer to pre-crisis responsibilities as differentiated from crisis response operations as the result of natural or manmade disaster.)
- This role will be executed as part of the TCP/TCO planning and execution process and in coordination with PACOM stakeholders with whom this role intersects.
- Currently, responsibility for DMHA OAA is divided among several agencies and directorates within HQ USPACOM
- With multiple NGO, DOD, and UN agencies providing DMHA services/outreach within the PACOM AOR, a designated responsible coordinating authority will help facilitate situational awareness, coordination, and collaboration.”
- J5 requested CFE assume primary responsibility for coordinating DMHA events with foreign partners, specifically for South East Asia related multi-lateral events, including ASEAN engagement with particular focus on the ASEAN Humanitarian Assistance Center, ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) and ASEAN Defense Ministers Meeting Plus and the Lower Mekong Initiative (LMI). Under this concept, CFE will:
- Assume primary responsibility for HADR working groups during PACOM cochaired bilateral defense dialogues.
- Work with USPACOM J5 Country Directors, Country Teams and J4 Security Cooperation Officers to identify DMHA requirements. Coordinate with USPACOM Staff, Service Components and other agencies to plan engagements and activities focused on identified needs.
- Maintain situational awareness of all USG and NGO/international organization HADR events in PACOM AOR to improve information sharing and collaboration. Produce a Common Operational Picture of those events to enhance this information sharing capability.
- Advise J5 on HADR policy initiatives and proposed changes.
- CFE will continue to support other USPACOM staff directorates in this DMHA coordination role including:
Partner with J07 to ensure DMHA health OAAs are included in exercise and engagements related to HADR.
- Assist PACOM in assessing DMHA OAA during Theater Campaign assessments.
- Partner with J6 to ensure communications interoperability and information sharing is integrated with DMHA events.
- Provide exercise support to J7 for exercises involving HADR scenarios and events.
- Provide operational support to the J3 and Joint Operations Center during actual crisis response planning and operations.
- Provide input to J45 funding prioritization process for DMHA security cooperation projects.
- Provide SME input to development of the USPACOM All Hazards Sub Campaign (AHSC).
- Develop AOR-wide strategies and methodologies to coordinate DMHA OAAs and ensure alignment with and support to AHSC IMOs and Country Security Cooperation Plans.
RECOMMENDATION: Approve CFE designation as USPACOM DMHA coordinating authority, as specified, and direct updates to Memorandum of Understanding Between Commander, US Pacific Command and Director, Center for Excellence in Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance (dated 20 Sep 11) and the FY14 and FY15 Theater Campaign Orders clarifying these roles and responsibilities for CFE.”
USPACOM Theater Campaign Order (TCO) FY15
"USPACOM, with allies and partners, develop national and multinational resiliency (capability and capacity) to the impacts of natural or man-made disasters, USPACOM forces that are prepared to render support, and AOR nations that are capable of reducing the drivers of insecurity, especially those which affect U.S. security interests. (All Hazards, Theater End State 8)"
USPACOM Civil Military Emergency Preparedness (CMEP) Decision Memo
- BLUF: Request J00 concur with proposal to have CFE assume program management lead for CMEP program.
- (U) Key Points
- CMEP is a strategic, political-military security cooperation tool that supports OSD and GCC bilateral and regional priorities.
- Its activities consist of capacity building exercises, workshops, and seminars, typically at the institutional/ministerial levels.
- Its focus has been Partnership for Peace with former Warsaw Pact countries using all-hazard preparedness and response capacities in consequence management, humanitarian assistance, and disaster relief operations.
- DASD (PS&PSO) would like to expand CMEP to USPACOM and other GCCs under program management of CFE-DMHA. A proposed transition plan has been staffed with CFE and PACOM, but is still in draft form.
- Proposes CFE take on program management in 2014.
- Transition plan will address resource implications for CFE involvement. CMEP has a $3M budget.
- Plan should also include a phased approach where focus shifts to the Pacific, and expands to other COCOMs only after PACOM program is fully in place.”
- Discussion. CMEP was approved by J01 on 18 Sep 12 as part of the Center for Excellence FY13-17 Strategy. However, a 25 Oct 12 PACOM response (O6 level chop) to a Joint Staff JSAP instead recommended the CMEP program end and program objectives/principles pass to GCCs as part of their security cooperation activities. OSD (SO/LIC) desires to continue the program with CFE-DMHA as program manager. Recommendation: Concur with ASD (SO/LIC) proposal to transfer CMEP PM function in FY2014 following finalization and DASD/PACOM concurrence with transition plan.”
USD Policy Memo on Mission of the CFE-DMHA
“In our ongoing effort to improve the Department’s proficiency delivering humanitarian aid throughout the world, I have asked CFE-DMHA to provide its expertise to the Combatant Commands. Based in the USPACOM AOR and operating under congressional authorization, the Center has demonstrated a unique capability to enhance civil-military coordination in disaster management and humanitarian assistance through education, training, and applied research. The Center’s Defense Department responsibilities and strengths lie in partnering with governmental, non-governmental, and international organizations to assist in the development of domestic and foreign capacities for disaster management and humanitarian assistance.”
“Specifically, the Center can assist your theater security cooperation efforts in the following areas:
- Develop a common educational framework to teach key personnel the fundamental principles of humanitarian assistance and disaster relief. This framework includes specific, regional details tailored for each AOR.
- Enhance civil-military cooperation and effective disaster management in preparedness and response by developing partner capacity through education, training, and applied research.
- Develop partnerships and promote interagency coordination with governmental and humanitarian agencies, regional and international organizations, and foundations and businesses that support international relief and assistance.
- Maintain a repository of disaster response and humanitarian assistance lessons learned and best practices, promote the exchange of ideas, and engender developmental innovation.
- Develop methodologies to assess the effectiveness of theater disaster preparedness, response, and humanitarian capacity building programs.
- Foster the development of common frameworks for managing the consequences of CBRN, acts of terrorism, and emerging infectious disease threats.
- Facilitate the development of common policies, practices, techniques, and training methods in peace support operations.
- Maintain a repository of theater disaster risk indicators.
Providing this support to the Combatant Commands is consistent with CFE-DMHA’s mission and authorities. Personnel from CFE-DMHA have contacted your commands, and would like to establish a presence at your headquarters. I encourage you to take advantage off this valuable resource.”
USPACOMINST S3020.2L, Command Relationships in the U.S. Pacific Command
- Purpose. To define the mission, responsibilities, and functions of the Director, Center for Excellence (CFE) in Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance (DMHA) in support to Commander, U.S. Pacific Command.
- Mission. CFE’s mission is to provide and facilitate specialized education, training, and research in civil, military, and civil-military operations to improve interoperability and capabilities, specifically with international operations that require disaster management and humanitarian assistance and coordination among the Department of Defense (DoD) and other USG agencies, international organizations, and non-government organizations. The Center, in conjunction with, and support of, its international partners, builds interagency working relationships and institutional capacity in USPACOM’s ability to conduct DMHA through exercises, academics, and other innovative training events.
- Responsibilities and Functions.
a. Per the National Defense Appropriations Act for FY2000, Assistant Secretary of Defense, Special Operations/Low Intensity Conflict (ASD SO/LIC), exercises overall supervision of DoD humanitarian assistance, disaster relief, humanitarian demining, and peacekeeping policy, requirements, priorities, resources, and program matters.
b. CDRUSPACOM shall appoint a Director to CFE who shall report to CDRUSPACOM. ASD SO/LIC shall exercise authority, direction, and control over CFE through the CFE Director, Joint Staff, and CDRUSPACOM.”
c. CFE collaborates closely with and in support of its domestic and international partners. As such, CFE assists in the operational development and transformation efforts of DMHA plans and activities in support of the USPACOM Theater Campaign Plan and Order.
d. CFE collaborates with domestic and international agencies on behalf of USPACOM in the following areas:
(1) Developing existing and new DMHA concepts and doctrine.
(2) Supporting DoD in disaster management; disaster mitigation; preparedness, response, recovery and transition; health security; and humanitarian assistance.
(3) Providing operational analysis, risk assessment, and information management for DMHA.
(4) Conducting research and developing leading edge thought and best practices to enhance partner DMHA OPS. Advises the USPACOM staff and operational commander(s) on the application of leading edge thought and best practices in order to facilitate effective DMHA and contributes to unity of effort.
(5) Developing public/private partnerships in DMHA and synergizing efforts within an integrated framework in fostering resilient societies.
(6) Conducting health security activities: education, training, assessment and evaluation of emerging infectious and tropical diseases and the development of sustainable and effective health systems for vulnerable populations.
e. CFE accepts donations, as authorized under Title 10 United States Code, Section 182, to defray costs and enhance the operation of the Center.
Other Useful References
Department of Defense Support to Foreign Disaster Relief
"This handbook provides a Concept of Operations (CONOPS) and Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures (TTP) for joint forces at the operational and tactical levels tasked to perform Foreign Disaster Relief (FDR) operations in support of the Department of State and US Agency for International Development and in coordination with International Organizations such as the United Nations and International Red Cross and Red Crescent movement, other Intergovernmental Organizations (IGO) and Non-Governmental Organizations. It is intended to be an overarching guide as opposed to a rigid construct. "