Regional Civilian-Military Coordination (RCMC)
CFE-DM's Regional Civil-Military Coordination (RCMC) Branch improves collaboration between military and civilian organizations supporting disaster preparedness and humanitarian assistance response operations in Indo-Asia-Pacific. The RCMC focus is supporting regional civil-military forums such as the ASEAN Defense Ministers Meeting Plus (ADMM-Plus), ASEAN Regional Forum, East Asia Summit, and the Regional Consultative Group (RCG). Aligned with this effort, is RCMC's direct support to international, regional, and national level organizations including the United Nations Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA), the ASEAN Humanitarian Assistance (AHA) Centre located in Jakarta, and Singapore's Regional HADR Coordination Center (RHCC). In this capacity CFE-DM provides unique expertise, partnerships, and resources to play a constructive role within the regional civil-military network.
ASEAN Defense Ministers Meeting (ADMM) Plus HADR Experts Working Group (EWG)
CFE-DM is the USPACOM lead in supporting the Department of Defense co-chairmanship of the ADMM Plus EWG on HADR from 2017-2019. This is a 3-year program designed to develop and shape efforts to build ASEAN capacity in disaster response preparedness and coordination. This will be co-chaired by Malaysia and the United States and is a priority engagement for the Secretary of Defense.
ADMM Plus objectives include addressing ongoing challenges and needs in the areas of communication and information-sharing, reducing military-military coordination friction points during response, strengthening civil-military coordination processes, expanding civil-military logistics networks, and enhancing knowledge capture and dissemination.
Disaster Response Working Group (DRWG)
The DRWG is a bi-lateral initiative intended to develop opportunities for increased U.S.-India coordination and cooperation in regional HADR response. CFE-DM is the USPACOM lead for this effort. The objectives are as follows:
- Strengthening the abilities of U.S.-India militaries to respond quickly to disaster situations in combined HADR operations
- Provide a comprehensive risk based and multi-hazard regional plan to support the affected state
- Identify deficiencies and challenges in order to evolve a roadmap for combined/joint response to disasters within the AOR
Regional HADR Coordination Centre (RHCC)
The Singapore Changi Regional HADR Coordination Centre (RHCC) was established to provide a platform for regional and international militaries to work together in disaster response, facilitating military-to-military coordination in support of the military of a disaster-affected state.
A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) has been established to provide a framework for cooperation and coordination for disaster management activities between the CFE-DM, and the Changi RHCC. CFE-DM and the participants plan to work collaboratively on the development of capacity building initiatives, shared learning events, and training materials and activities to address preparedness planning, disaster resiliency, and coordinated military disaster response in the U.S. Pacific Command’s (USPACOM) and the Singapore Armed Forces’ (SAF) area of responsibility (AOR) in the Asia-Pacific region.
Areas of possible collaboration include:
- Training and Education, including the conduct of joint training for third parties
- Co-hosting exercises, sharing workshops or other activities, and/or mutual participation in such activities organized by the other Participant
- Deployment of Civil-Military specialist to with, and/or to, the RHCC during a major disaster response.
- Subject Matter Expert exchange during disaster preparedness exercises and training
- Country disaster management capabilities assessments and reference books
- Civil Military after action reports, lessons learned and best practices in disaster preparedness and response
- Exchange of Points-of-Contact and/or establishment of other linkages for the conduct of information sharing before, during and after a disaster
Regional Consultative Group (RCG)
The RCG on Humanitarian Civil-Military Coordination for Asia and the Pacific is a UNOCHA led initiative bringing together humanitarian, civil and military actors involved in disaster response preparedness planing and disaster response in the region. RCMC representation in this forum facilitates the evolving CFE-DM/UNOCHA partnership, including the drafting of key documents such as the Guide for the Military and Civil-Military Coordination Common Standards. The RCG was formed to:
- Discuss civil-military response preparedness planning
- Facilitate exchange of information to enable well-coordinated and effective disaster response to a wide range of humanitarian emergency operations;
- Strengthen linkages among regional and global response organizations