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Accession Number ADA564008
Title Joint Logistics: A Direct Approach to Effective U.S. Military Foreign Disaster Assistance.
Publication Date May 2012
Media Count 27p
Personal Author M. A. Simmons
Abstract The unmatched joint logistics capability of the U.S. military is an invaluable asset to Foreign Disaster Assistance (FDA) operations. When the U.S. military arrives at the scene of the disaster, joint logistics is key to ensuring that the aid provided will meet the needs of the affected population. The primary role of the U.S. military is to support the lead government agency in charge of the FDA operation. Logistics support becomes the military's main effort. How well the U.S. military performs in this capacity, and how well its capabilities are used depends upon its ability to properly align and synchronize efforts with a multitude of participating organizations. This can be especially challenging when working in a chaotic environment in which success promotes stability and failure results in unfavorable international attention that can undermine foreign policy objectives. Glaring inefficiencies within the Department of Defense's (DoD) logistical pipeline have further compounded these challenges. This paper proposes that joint logistics, through a DoD-led coordinated management approach, can mitigate those challenges and ensure effective U.S. military involvement in future FDA operations.
Keywords Department of defense
Foreign disaster assistance
Haiti earthquake 2010
Humanitarian assistance
Indian ocean tsunami 2004
Interagency coordination
Intergovernmental organizations
International organizations
International relations
Joint force commander
Joint logistics
Joint military activities
Joint task forces
Lifeline operation
Logistics support
Military assistance
Military forces(United states)
Nongovernmental organizations
Pakistan earthquake 2005
Task forces
Unified assistance operation
Unified response operation
United states government
Usaid(Us agency for international development)

Source Agency Non Paid ADAS
NTIS Subject Category 92 - Behavior & Society
74E - Logistics, Military Facilities, & Supplies
74G - Military Operations, Strategy, & Tactics
Corporate Author Naval War Coll., Newport, RI. Joint Military Operations Dept.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note Research paper.
NTIS Issue Number 1302
Contract Number N/A

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