foreign disaster relief


Hurricane response efforts continue



Hurricane response efforts continue
Hurricane relief efforts are still underway in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands after the territories were ravaged by Hurricane Maria in September. As of October 30, over 15,000 federal civilian and military personnel are on location in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Federal Emergency… Read More

Hurricane response ongoing in Puerto Rico, Caribbean



Hurricane response ongoing in Puerto Rico, Caribbean
The U.S. response to Hurricanes Irma and Maria in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean continues after the storms devastated the area last month. Over 12,000 responders from U.S. federal agencies are involved in response efforts, and U.S. personnel have been working closely with partners from the Commonwealth. Department of Defense… Read More

Agencies respond to Hurricane Maria



Agencies respond to Hurricane Maria
U.S. government agencies continue response and recovery efforts in the wake of Hurricane Maria. Personnel from various federal departments and agencies, including the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the Departments of Defense (DoD) and Health and Human Services (HHS), are focused on life-saving and… Read More

DoD supports USAID Irma response



DoD supports USAID Irma response
On September 12, the Department of Defense’s (DoD) Southern Command stood up a joint task force to support the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance in responding to Hurricane Irma in the Caribbean. USAID deployed a Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) to respond to Irma’s… Read More

Trump budget to combine State and USAID



Trump budget to combine State and USAID
On Monday Foreign Policy published an exclusive on the Trump administration’s proposed foreign aid budget and prospective changes to the State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). The Trump plan would dramatically decreased aid funding to developing countries and fold USAID into the State Department. Andrew Natsios,… Read More

Featured Article: One Day One Action One Goal



Featured Article: One Day One Action One Goal
Featured article: One Day One Action One Goal by Zurab Elzarov A wise man said that all great things start from small beginnings. Global partnership for effective cooperation can only be achieved when all actors at the grass-roots level share common goals and take united action on a daily basis.… Read More

Post-hurricane aid to Haiti winds down



Post-hurricane aid to Haiti winds down
The Department of Defense (DoD) is wrapping up its two-week mission in Haiti. Service members were deployed to the storm ravaged nation following Hurricane Matthew’s landfall in early October. Earlier this week, U.S. Southern Command commander Navy Admiral Kurt W. Tidd spoke about DoD’s response efforts during a conference at… Read More

U.S. agencies support relief in Haiti



U.S. agencies support relief in Haiti
Over 10,000 federal employees from various agencies have been deployed to aid the areas effected by Hurricane Matthew. U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Department of Defense (DoD), and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) personnel have also been deployed to Haiti, which has been hardt hit by the storm. An… Read More

USAID releases humanitarian policy



USAID releases humanitarian policy
Earlier this year the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) released the Policy for Humanitarian Action. OFDA leads the multi-agency response to disasters overseas by coordinating efforts, partnering with a range of humanitarian actors, and coordinating within the international humanitarian architecture, among other… Read More

IAP 16W (June 2015) Losing Lessons at the Water’s Edge



IAP 16W (June 2015) Losing Lessons at the Water’s Edge
by Benjamin Cabana Interagency coordination for complex contingency operations is an extremely difficult challenge. Bringing together the various tools of American power in a holistic manner is widely recognized as a serious roadblock to successful stabilization and reconstruction operations. Defense, development, and diplomacy are all required for a successful stability… Read More