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DMHA 101 | Disaster Management Primer

USINDOPACOM Area of Responsibility

Operational Challenges

As of 2014, 54 percent of the world’s population lives in urban areas, and this trend is increasing.   Much of this growth is occurring in the world’s coastal regions, and in hazard-prone areas.

U.S. Indo-Pacific Command

The USINDOPACOM AOR covers half the earth’s surface and more than 50 percent of the world’s population, or 3.6 billion people. It also suffers 80 percent of the world’s disasters. The Asia-Pacific region is 25 times more likely to have a major disaster than Europe.

The U.S. Indo-Pacific Command Area of Responsibility

As a result, domestic disaster response is a priority for almost every military in the region. Militaries are also assisting their neighbors in disaster response operations.

One of six geographic Unified Combatant Commands, commander reports to the President of the United States through the Secretary of Defense and is supported by four component commands: U.S. Pacific Fleet, U.S. Pacific Air Forces, U.S. Army Pacific, and U.S. Marine Forces, Pacific.

USINDOPACOM protects and defends, in concert with other U.S. government agencies, the territory of the United States, its people, and its interests. With allies and partners, USINDOPACOM is committed to enhancing stability in the Asia-Pacific region by promoting security cooperation, encouraging peaceful development, responding to contingencies, deterring aggression, and, when necessary, fighting to win.