humanitarian and civic assistance


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humanitarian and civic assistance

Assistance to the local populace provided by predominantly US forces in conjunction with military operations and exercises. This assistance is specifically authorized by title 10, United States Code, section 401, and funded under separate authorities. Assistance provided under these provisions is limited to (1) medical, dental, and veterinary care provided in rural areas of a country; (2) construction of rudimentary surface transportation systems; (3) well drilling and construction of basic sanitation facilities; and (4) rudimentary construction and repair of public facilities. Assistance must fulfill unit training requirements that incidentally create humanitarian benefit to the local populace. Also called HCA. See also foreign humanitarian assistance.
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Humanitarian and Civic Assistance, 10 USC [section] 401
(3) Humanitarian and civic assistance may not be provided under this section (directly or indirectly) to any individual, group, or organization engaged in military or paramilitary activity.
Guidance for obtaining approval for and conducting HCA is contained in DoD Directive 2205.2, "Humanitarian and Civic Assistance (HCA) Provided in Conjunction with Military Operations," and DoD Instruction 2205.3, "Implementing Procedures for the Humanitarian and Civic Assistance (HCA) Program." DoD Directive 2205.2 also requires the beneficiary country to approve the proposed HCA assistance.
Humanitarian and Civic Assistance in the Context of Military Training and Operations
Louis Kalmar, humanitarian and civic assistance planner of the Philippine-US Balikatan program, said Balikatan teams planned to return to Ormoc in December to finalize plans for Balikatan 2017.
Approximately 650 US and Philippine troops are participating in the war games that will include a command post exercise, field training exercises, amphibious operations, combined arms training, civil-military operations and humanitarian and civic assistance projects.
The statute stipulates that the Secretary of State "must specifically approve" providing humanitarian and civic assistance. In addition, DOD instructions regulating this section require prior approval from the Department of State, USAID, and any other relevant civilian agencies for all Section 401 activities.
In 1997 the United States European Command (USEUCOM) consolidated three formerly disjointed Department of Defense (DoD) Humanitarian Assistance programs: Humanitarian and Civic Assistance (HCA), Humanitarian Assistance-Other (HA-O), and the Humanitarian Assistance Program-Excess Property (HAP-EP).
Phiblex 2016, the 31st this year, will include approximately 650 US service members based in Okinawa, Japan, and Philippine sailors and marines working side-by-side to conduct a command post exercise, field training exercises, amphibious operations, combined arms training, civil-military operations and humanitarian and civic assistance projects.
As part of PHIBLEX 15, there will be a command post exercise to practice communications throughout the battle space, field training exercises that include small arms and artillery live-fire training, amphibious operations, ship-to-shore movement, combined arms training, civil-military operations, and humanitarian and civic assistance projects.
Functions accomplished by DSCA for the DoD humanitarian assistance (HA) program include management of the Overseas Humanitarian, Disaster, and Civic Aid appropriation; oversight of the geographical commanders-in-chief's (CINC's) operational demining, humanitarian and civic assistance (HCA) programs, and the DoD humanitarian assistance program (HAP).
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