Civilian-Military Coordination During Humanitarian Disasters (Special Panel Session)

May 12, 2015 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

United States and international militaries, while not considered first responders for most humanitarian assistance efforts, are called upon to assist the humanitarian sector in responding to major sudden onset disasters when there is an acknowledged gap between the disaster needs that the relief community is being asked to satisfy and the resources available to meet them. While coordination between humanitarian and military actors has improved over the past decade, there is still a need for more effective coordination and collaboration to provide more efficacious responses. This panel will explore strategies, concepts, education/training programs, or organizational changes that militaries should consider to improve the civilian-military humanitarian responses.

Moderator: DAVID POLATTY, Professor
U.S. Naval War College

MICHAEL MARX, Senior Civil-Military Coordination Advisor
United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN/OCHA)

MICHAEL LAPPI, Director of Field Operations
Harvard Humanitarian Initiative

BRITTANY CARD, Program Coordinator
Harvard Humanitarian Initiative

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