Department of Defense Commander's Emergency Response Program Category Definitions and Potential Projects
Agriculture/Irrigation projects to increase agricultural production or cooperative agricultural programs, including irrigation systems:
Battle damage repair projects to repair or pay for the repair of property damage resulting from U.S., coalition, or supporting military operations and is not compensable under the Foreign Claims Act.
Civic cleanup activities projects to clean up and beautify public areas:
Civic support vehicle projects to purchase or lease vehicles for public/government officials in support of civic and community activities:
Condolence payments are made to individual civilians for the death or physical injury of relatives resulting from U.S., coalition, or supporting military operations and are not compensable under the Foreign Claims Act.
Economic, financial, and management improvement projects to improve economic or financial security:
Education projects to repair or reconstruct schools or purchase school supplies or equipment:
Electricity projects to repair, restore, or improve electrical production, distribution, and secondary distribution infrastructure. The unit providing funds must conduct a cost analysis so the village or district may collect revenues to ensure operation and maintenance of the system for long-term use.
Food production and distribution projects to increase food production or distribution processes to further economic development:
Former detainee payments are made to individuals upon release from coalition, non-theater internment detention facilities.
Healthcare projects to repair or improve infrastructure, equipment, and medical supplies and provide immunizations and training for healthcare personnel to maintain or restore health, especially by trained and licensed professionals:
Hero payments are made to the surviving spouses or next of kin of Iraqi or Afghan defense or police personnel killed because of U.S., coalition, or supporting military operations in Iraq or Afghanistan (previously referred to as martyr payments in Iraq).
Other urgent humanitarian or reconstruction projects to repair collateral damage not otherwise payable because of combat exclusions or condolence payments. These other urgent humanitarian projects are not captured under any other expenditure category. For urgent humanitarian projects, use this category only when no other category is applicable:
Protective measures projects to repair or improve protective measures to enhance the durability and survivability of a critical infrastructure site (for example, oil pipelines or electric power lines):
Repair civic and cultural facility projects to restore civic or cultural buildings or facilities:
Rule of law and governance projects to repair or reconstruct government buildings such as administrative offices, courthouses, or prisons:
Temporary contract guards for critical infrastructure projects (including Sons/Daughters of Iraq and similar initiatives in Afghanistan) to guard critical infrastructure, including neighborhoods and other public areas.
Telecommunications projects to repair or extend communications over a distance. The term telecommunication covers all forms of distance and/or conversion of the original communications, including radio, telegraphy, television, telephony, data communication, and computer networking. Telecommunications projects include projects to repair or reconstruct telecommunications systems or infrastructure:
Transportation projects to repair or restore transportation to include infrastructure and operations. Infrastructure includes transportation networks (including roads, railways, airways, canals, and pipelines) that are used as well as the nodes or terminals (such as airports, railway stations, bus stations, and seaports). Transportation operations deal with the control of the system, such as traffic signals and ramp meters, railroad switches, and air traffic control:
Water and sanitation projects to repair or improve drinking water availability to include purification and distribution. Building wells in adequate places is a way to produce more water, assuming the aquifers can supply an adequate flow. Other water sources such as rainwater and river or lake water must be purified for human consumption. Purification processes include filtering, boiling, and distillation as well as more advanced techniques such as reverse osmosis. The distribution of drinking water is accomplished via municipal water systems or as bottled water. Sanitation, essential for the prevention of disease, is the hygienic disposal or recycling of waste materials, particularly human excrement:
Restrictions: See the supporting resource manager for restrictions on projects over $750K and over $1M.
Last Reviewed: May 18, 2012