military civic action


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military civic action

The use of preponderantly indigenous military forces on projects useful to the local population at all levels in such fields as education, training, public works, agriculture, transportation, communications, health, sanitation, and others contributing to economic and social development, which would also serve to improve the standing of the military forces with the population. (US forces may at times advise or engage in military civic actions in overseas areas.)
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The SAF says that "psychological operations, the organizing and training of civil defense forces, military civic action, and the active participation of the population of each area' all play critical roles in the United to Reconstruct campaign.
DOD has long carried out abroad a wide variety of small-scale humanitarian programs, often in the context of military civic action (MCA) programs that also involve construction and reconstruction projects.
DePauw, "Understanding Civic Action," in Winning the Peace: The Strategic Implications of Military Civic Action, Carlisle Barracks, PA: Strategic Studies Institute, U.S.

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