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foreign humanitarian assistance

Definition/Scope: (JP 3-33) Foreign humanitarian assistance consists of programs conducted to relieve or reduce the results of natural or man-made disasters or other endemic conditions such as human pain, disease, hunger, or privation that might present a serious threat to life or that can result in great damage to or loss of property. Foreign humanitarian assistance provided by U.S. forces is limited in scope and duration. The foreign assistance provided is designed to supplement or complement the efforts of the host-nation civil authorities or agencies that may have the primary responsibility for providing foreign humanitarian assistance. Foreign humanitarian assistance operations are those conducted outside the United States, its territories, and possessions.


Humanitarian Assistance



Broader Terms:

Civil Military Operation
Limited intervention

Related Terms:

African Contingency Operations Training and Assistance
sanction enforcement

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