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1 ASEAN Regional Forum Inter-Sessional Meeting on Disaster Relief September 19, 2006

2 COE established 1994 Title 10 US code, sec 182: Mission defined by Congress Facilitate civil-military collaboration in humanitarian operations Through education, training, research and assistance Secretary of Defense Message 24 APR 00 Direct Reporting Unit to U.S. Pacific Command (operational control) Policy guidance from the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations/Low Intensity Conflict/Stability Operations Tasked to help support preparations for HA, DR & PKO Funded by Annual Senate Appropriation Special authority to educate foreign military and civilians

3 Vision To exercise leadership and promote improved humanitarian assistance performance among all relief practitioners, particularly in the Asia-Pacific Region. Mission To promote effective civil-military management in international humanitarian assistance, disaster response and peacekeeping through education, training, research and information programs.

4 Illustrative Military Collaborators MARFORPAC 25 th ID USARPAC MPAT Participants MPE Participants CDRPACFLT PRMC/TAMC APCSS OSD/SOLIC/SO CENTCOM NHRC Asia Pacific Military Forces USPKI Naval Post Graduate School PKIs in Malaysia, Bangladesh, Thailand, PACOM J5,J3, J07, J08

5 Illustrative Civilian Collaborators UNHCR International Committee of the Red Cross UN/OCHA NY & Geneva EWC/Pacific Disaster Center UN/Department of Peacekeeping Operations USAID & OFDA Interaction World Health Organization US Missions ASEAN Committee on Disaster Management University of Hawaii World Vision International Australian Council For International Development ACFID ADPC, Bangkok ADRC, Kobe

6 Our Functional Areas Civil-Military Relations Humanitarian Affairs & Practice Medical & Public Health Information Management

7 Support military exercises Enhance international peacekeeping capacity Execute health and medical training Conduct humanitarian/disaster relief courses Distribute disaster related information products Provide advice in disaster response Principle work

8 Exercise Support Integrate complex issues and emerging trends into military exercises Facilitate participation of relevant civilian actors in military training Bring military support to humanitarian training and education programs

9 Enhancing Peacekeeping Capacity Build multilateral capacity and confidence Strengthen coalitions & promote burden- sharing Promote common approaches and standards of performance Collaborate on UN/DPKO approved curriculum

10 Medical and Public Health Activities HIV/AIDS education and mitigation support for military forces ( Indonesia, India, Nepal, PNG, Timor Leste, Vietnam) Develop medical material and curricula for related COE disaster/ humanitarian courses Support for pandemic influenza planning (information sharing)

11 Illustrative Courses Combined Humanitarian Assistance Response Training (CHART) Training Assistance Program (TAP) Health Emergencies in Large Populations (HELP) (co-sponsored by ICRC) CMCOORD (UN OCHA course on civil- military coordination )

12 Information Products Daily Asia-Pacific Report Iraq Situation Report Afghanistan Situation Report Disease Outbreak Report Disaster Reports as necessary

13 Expertise in humanitarian operations, transition planning, and the international relief community. Support to UN OCHA in Pakistan to assist coordination of relief in response to the South Asia earthquake. Secondment to UNDAC team and support to CSG HQ to assist assessment and response to Philippine mudslide. Operational Support

14 Characteristics of effective disaster response Achieved by collaborative planning before the disaster event occurs Requires basic consensus on needs assessment, division of labor in response and expectations for relief results Relies on personal relationships among key decision makers Includes input from the affected population Requires full time effort that continues between disaster events

15 Possible Areas for Support to ASEAN Regional Forum Seminar facilitation and specialized expert content for working groups in planning: To apply and use existing mutual assistance guidelines and protocols Civil-Military coordination and collaboration techniques Guidelines for leveraging and coordinating unsolicited international assistance Integration of regional and international (UN) standards and operating procedures Developing procedures and consensus on information sharing

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