foreign humanitarian assistance


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foreign humanitarian assistance

Programs conducted to relieve or reduce the results of natural or manmade disasters or other endemic conditions such as human pain, disease, hunger, or privation that might present a serious threat to life or that can result in great damage to or loss of property. Foreign humanitarian assistance (FHA) provided by US forces is limited in scope and duration. The foreign assistance provided is designed to supplement or complement the efforts of the host nation civil authorities or agencies that may have the primary responsibility for providing FHA. FHA operations are those conducted outside the United States, its territories, and possessions. Also called FHA. See also foreign assistance.
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DOD contributions underpin these efforts known in joint doctrine as maintaining stability or building capacity abroad via foreign humanitarian assistance (FHA), providing crisis response support through domestic defense support to civil authorities (DSCA), and delivering foreign disaster relief under FHA.
In summary, the US military's ability to respond to the requirements of foreign disaster relief and foreign humanitarian assistance is unrivaled by other government or nongovernmental agencies, and is the epitome of soft power projection.
Thailand's government spokesman said Monday that Myanmar has widened the door to foreign humanitarian assistance to alleviate the massive catastrophe after the military-ruled nation was severely hit by powerful cyclone earlier this month.
Looting, extortion, involvement in the trade of drugs, toxic wastes, and contraband, and the theft of foreign humanitarian assistance -- all contributed to a dramatic deterioration of socio-economic conditions for the average Lebanese for which the militias had few answers (Harris, 1997, p.
19) Joint doctrine, however, separates that term into foreign humanitarian assistance (20) to define a broad set of activities outside the United States and defense support of civil authorities for domestic activities.
This article will examine the limited role of, and fiscal constraints upon, the Department of Defense (DoD) in providing foreign humanitarian assistance (HA).

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