DOD has clarified and updated policy and operational guidance on the conduct of steady-state humanitarian assistance programs and foreign disaster relief operations (for example, DOD Directive 5100.46, "Foreign Disaster Relief").
forces training, we must ensure our personnel are familiar with the 2011 Department of Defense Support to Foreign Disaster Relief (Handbook for JTF Commanders and Below).
As foreign disaster relief
efforts move from response to recovery, they begin to resemble or in fact become FHA missions.
The DoD Security Assistance Management Manual (SAMM) defines operations under [section] 404 as Foreign Disaster Relief
HAP provides excess, non-lethal property to authorized recipients, arranges for other HA projects, like refurbishing schools and medical facilities, funds the transportation of privately donated humanitarian assistance items, coordinates foreign disaster relief
missions, and procures, manages, and arranges for delivery of humanitarian daily rations to those in need.
policy directing that military assets could be used in foreign disaster relief
only when "there is no comparable civilian alternative" and only when the military assets used were "unique in capability and availability." (214) While using military engineering assets would have certainly satisfied these criteria, insufficient military engineering assets were available to perform the "scope and scale" of the "quick win" projects.
The Department of Defense (DOD) Overseas Humanitarian, Disaster and Civic Aid (OHDACA) funds three Dodd humanitarian programs: the Humanitarian Assistance Program (HAP), Humanitarian Mine Action (HMA) Program, and Foreign Disaster Relief
and Emergency Response (FDR/ER).
International aid agencies have been frustrated with the military government's apparent reluctance to allow foreign disaster relief
experts and relief commodities into Myanmar in the wake of Cyclone Nargis, which devastated the southern part of the country.