DMHA Partners

DMHA Partners

CFE-DM partners with a diverse group of governmental and nongovernmental actors to increase collaborations and capabilities of the worldwide DMHA community. Collaborative partnerships with U.S. and foreign civilian and military organizations tasked to conduct disaster management and humanitarian assistance missions expands our knowledge reach and ability to share applied research. Outreach with civilian and DOD academic organizations is an important step to remain on the cutting edge of intellectual development in the DMHA field. This section provides an overview and brief summary of our DMHA partners and links to their respective websites.

Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies (APCSS)

The Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies (APCSS) is a U.S. Department of Defense institute that officially opened Sept. 4, 1995, in Honolulu, Hawaii. APCSS addresses regional and global security issues, inviting military and civilian representatives of the United States and Asia-Pacific nations to its comprehensive program of executive education and workshops, both in Hawaii and throughout the Asia-Pacific region.  The Center supports the U.S. Pacific Command’s objective of developing professional and personal ties among national security establishments throughout the region. With a non-warfighting mission, the Center focuses on a multilateral and multi-dimensional approach to defining and addressing regional security issues and concerns.  The most beneficial result is building relationships of trust and confidence among future leaders and decision-makers within the region.

Australian Civil-Military Centre

The Australian Civil-Military Centre (ACMC) supports the development of national civil-military capabilities to prevent, prepare for, and respond more effectively to, disasters and conflicts overseas. ACMC supports Australian Government agencies, and non-government and international partners, on civil-military issues through advice, training and education programs, and research and lessons learned activities.

The Center for Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance (CDMHA)

The Center for Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance (CDMHA) was founded in 1998 as a partnership between the University of South Florida and Tulane University.  The CDMHA undertakes education, training and research in the areas of disaster management and humanitarian assistance with a focus on Latin America and the Caribbean.  The CDMHA seeks to build partnerships with nations, NGOs and other key disaster management organizations and help increase operational readiness in order to meet the diverse humanitarian needs of that area.  The CDMHA is also dedicated to the transfer of new knowledge and appropriate technology through the university sector to improve responsiveness during times of crisis.  By facilitating, underwriting and co-sponsoring activities such as educational course development, conferences and research projects, the CDMHA further supports disaster and crisis managers, technicians and field personnel.  Cooperation in the civil-military sector is also enhanced through such ventures

Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA)

Headquartered in the Defense Threat Reduction Center at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) is the U.S. Department of Defense’s official Combat Support Agency for countering weapons of mass destruction.  It engages in the full range of nonproliferation, counter-proliferation and consequence management activities identified in the National Security Strategy of the United States as essential to combating weapons of mass destruction (WMD) threats. As both a defense agency and a combat support agency, DTRA creates solutions and delivers the products, training and services to defeat WMD where they are needed.  DTRA’s partners in the fight against WMD include other federal agencies, the combatant commands, the Joint Staff, the armed services, international organizations, U.S. allies and countries around the planet.  It directs the activities of its 1,900 civilian and military employees, many of whom are stationed at liaison offices and other locations throughout the United States and around the world.

Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI)

The mission of the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI) is to relieve human suffering in war and disaster by advancing the science and practice of humanitarian response worldwide. HHI fosters interdisciplinary collaboration in order to improve the effectiveness of humanitarian strategies for relief, protection and prevention, instill human rights principles and practices in these strategies, and educate and train the next generation of humanitarian leaders. HHI's research programs offer new tools and methods directly influencing field operations and humanitarian policy, an endeavor enhanced by the adoption of digital data collection tools and other technologies. HHI's core research focuses on populations effected by conflict and natural disasters, evaluation of humanitarian action through the development of novel field research methods, and the strategic incorporation of new technologies suited to enhancing research.


Headquartered in Washington, DC, InterAction is a diverse coalition of more than 180 US-based international relief, development, environmental and refugee agencies, working in over 100 countries around the globe.  It strives to eliminate extreme poverty, uphold human rights, safeguard a sustainable planet and ensure human dignity for poor and vulnerable populations by advancing the goals of the U.S.-based international nonprofit community.


International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)

The ICRC, established in 1863, works worldwide to provide humanitarian help for people affected by conflict and armed violence and to promote the laws that protect victims of war. An independent and neutral organization, its mandate stems essentially from the Geneva Conventions of 1949. Based in Geneva, Switzerland, it employs some 12,000 people in 80 countries; it is financed mainly by voluntary donations from governments and from national Red Cross and Red Crescent societies.

International Medical Corps

International Medical Corps is a global, humanitarian, nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives and relieving suffering through health care training and relief and development programs. Established by volunteer doctors and nurses, International Medical Corps (IMC) is a private, voluntary, nonpolitical, nonsectarian organization. Its mission is to improve the quality of life through health interventions and preparedness activities that build local capacity in more than five continents since 1984. IMC has responded to the world's most devastating and complex crises in over 70 countries, and is a global leader in providing emergency response services including primary healthcare, maternal and child health, psychosocial support, nutrition, and water sanitation and hygiene activities.

Marine Forces Pacific

MARFORPAC is the largest field command in the U.S. Marine Corps. Forward deployed forces both ashore and afloat, and forces stationed in the United States are led by the Force Commander.

National Disaster Preparedness Training Center at the University of Hawaii (NDPTC)

The mission of the National Disaster Preparedness Training Center (NDPTC) is to develop and deliver disaster preparedness training to governmental, private, and non-profit entities, incorporating urban planning with an emphasis on community preparedness and at risk populations.


Naval Postgraduate School

The Naval Postgraduate School is a fully accredited research university operated by the United States Navy. Located in Monterey, California, it grants master's degrees, engineering degrees and doctoral degrees. The school also offers research fellowship opportunities at the postdoctoral level through the National Research Council research associateship program.  The mission of the Naval Postgraduate School is to provide relevant and unique advanced education and research programs to increase the combat effectiveness of commissioned officers of the Naval Service to enhance the security of the United States. In support of the foregoing, and to sustain academic excellence, foster and encourage a program of relevant and meritorious research which both supports the needs of Navy and Department of Defense while building the intellectual capital of Naval Postgraduate School faculty.

Pacific Disaster Center (PDC)

Pacific Disaster Center uses information, science, and technology to advance the disaster risk reduction concepts and practices. PDC delivers innovative, global multi-hazard disaster monitoring, early warning, and decision support systems, as well as risk and vulnerability assessment, modeling and visualization, exercise support, and capacity enhancement services.

RedR Australia

RedR Australia is a leading humanitarian agency for international emergency relief. RedR provides skilled people and training to help communities rebuild and recover in times of crisis. When disaster strikes, RedR mobilizes the right people with the right skills to make a difference. Their internationally recognized training courses prepare aspiring aid workers for life in the field and help experienced humanitarians further hone their skills.


UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) is the part of the United Nations Secretariat responsible for bringing together humanitarian actors to ensure a coherent response to emergencies. OCHA also ensures there is a framework within which each actor can contribute to the overall response effort.  OCHA’s key mission is to mobilize and coordinate effective and principled humanitarian action in partnership with national and international actors in order to alleviate human suffering in disasters and emergencies.   It advocates the rights of people in need, promotes preparedness and prevention, and facilitates sustainable solutions.

United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

USAID is the lead U.S. Government agency that works to end extreme global poverty and enable resilient, democratic societies to realize their potential.  USAID’s efforts directly enhance American—and global—security and prosperity. The United States is safer and stronger when fewer people face destitution, when our trading partners are flourishing, when nations around the world can withstand crisis, and when societies are freer, more democratic, and more inclusive, protecting the basic rights and human dignity of all citizens. By focusing on these two goals, together, we position ourselves to meet the challenges of today while mitigating the risks of tomorrow.

University of Hawai’i Office of Public Health Studies

The Office of Public Health Studies (OPHS) houses the academic programs of the Department of Public Health Sciences. Currently the department offers specializations in epidemiology, health policy and management, Native Hawaiian and Indigenous health, and social and behavioral health sciences. Through its multidisciplinary and multicultural approach to instruction, research and community service, OPHS emphasizes the preparation of future public health leaders who are proficient at employing public health knowledge and skills in a culturally diverse world.


World Food Programme

WFP is the frontline United Nations Agency whose mission is to provide: Food for LIFE to sustain victims of man-made and natural disasters; Food for GROWTH to improve the nutrition and quality of life of the most vulnerable people at critical times in their lives; and Food for WORK to help build assets and promote the self-reliance of poor people and communities, particularly through labor-intensive works programs.