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Accession Number ADA574561
Title Measured Maritime Responses to Disaster Relief Scenarios in the Pacific.
Publication Date Dec 2012
Media Count 89p
Personal Author R. S. Ray
Abstract This thesis attempts to determine whether the United States has appropriately scaled its maritime response to humanitarian disasters within the Asia-Pacific region. Has the United States neglected to conduct accurate needs-based assessments and in turn responded to its regional partners with excess military capacity. The presence of excess military capacity presents a number of difficulties and may indicate a failure to properly anticipate the operational environment due to the distinctive humanitarian nature of disaster assistance operations. The thesis examines the U.S. military's maritime responses to the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami and the 2004 Aceh Earthquake and tsunami in search of consistencies in response and possible instances of excessive force laydowns. The case studies illustrate instances in which U.S. maritime assets did not undertake the role of primary agent in delivering aid and therefore filled operational space with capability that was either excessive or ill suited to the host nation.
Keywords Aceh earthquake and tsunami
Asia-pacific region
Case studies
Civil relief institutions
Disaster relief
Excess military capacity
Excessive response
Great east japan earthquake
Host nation military capabilities
Humanitarian assistance
Indian ocean
Japanese maritime self-defense force
Maritime response
Military assistance
Military forces(Foreign)
Military forces(United states)
Military planning
Natural disasters
Pacific ocean
Tohoku earthquake and tsunami
Tomodachi operation
United states forces japan
Usaid(Us agency for international development)

Source Agency Non Paid ADAS
NTIS Subject Category 48 - Natural Resources & Earth Sciences
74 - Military Sciences
74G - Military Operations, Strategy, & Tactics
Corporate Author Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA. Dept. of National Security Affairs.
Document Type Thesis
Title Note Master's thesis.
NTIS Issue Number 1318
Contract Number N/A

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