Building a Capabilities Network to Improve Disaster Preparation Efforts in the Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) Area of Responsibility (AOR)

Report Number: NPS-LM-13-114

Series: Logistics Management

Category: Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR)

Report Series: Sponsored Report

Authors: Timothy Fitz-Gerald Jr., Terry D. Harper, Lance Koelkebeck

Title: Building a Capabilities Network to Improve Disaster Preparation Efforts in the Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) Area of Responsibility (AOR)

Published: 2013-11-01

Sponsored By: Acquisition Research Program

Status: Published--Unlimited Distribution

Research Type: Graduate Student

Full Text URL: http://acquisitionresearch.net/files/FY2013/NPS-LM-13-114.pdf

Keywords: Disaster Relief, Disaster Preparedness, Humanitarian Assistance, Nongovernmental Organizations, NGO, Capabilities

Abstract:

The U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) area of responsibility (AOR) encompasses 31 countries and 15 areas of special sovereignty, and represents about one-sixth of the landmass of the world assigned to regional unified commands. To provide rapid and effective disaster relief in an area this large, a commander requires identification of available resources and effective coordination with those who can provide these resources. This research analyzes the capabilities of various in-theater nongovernmental organizations and the interactive efforts between them and the U.S. military. This project will provide guidance to decision-makers in the SOUTHCOM AOR to avoid redundancy in efforts and more effectively distribute essential resources during humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations.