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Humanitarian Assistance

Definition/Scope: Assistance provided by DOD forces, as directed by appropriate authority, in the aftermath of natural or man-made disasters to help reduce conditions that present a serious threat to life and property; assistance provided by US forces is limited in scope and duration and is designed to supplement efforts of civilian authorities who have primary responsibility for providing such assistance. Programs conducted to relieve or reduce the results of natural or manmade disasters or other endemic condit

Used For:

foreign humanitarian assistance
international relief



Broader Terms:

10th Special Forces Group (Airborne)
19th Special Forces Group (Airborne)
1st Special Forces Group (Airborne)
20th Special Forces Group (Airborne, ARNG)
3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne)
7th Special Forces Group (Airborne)
Civil support operation
Defensive operation
International Catholic Migration Commission
international relations
Multinational Brigade-East
Multinational Brigade-North
Multinational Brigade-South
peace operation
Special Operations Command Central
Special Operations Command Europe
Special Operations Command Joint Forces Command
Stability operation
UNSCR 1546
UNSCR 1637
UNSCR 1723
US Special Operations Command, Korea
US Special Operations Command, Pacific
US Special Operations Command, Southern Command
World Health Organization

Narrower Terms:

humanitarian and civic assistance
humanitarian assistance survey team
Joint Combined Exchange Training
UN humanitarian relief operation

Related Terms:

African Contingency Operations Training and Assistance
Agency for International Development
American Red Cross
Catholic Relief Services
city assessment team concept
Cooperative for American Relief Everywhere
disaster assistance response teams
disaster response (domestic)
economic assistance
engineer support
food relief programs
humanitarian aid
Humanitarian Demining Program
Implementation Forces
International Committee of the Red Cross
international cooperation
military operations other than war
nation assistance
Oil for Food Program
Protocol III (Geneva Conventions)
special operations
Stability operation
stability, security, transition, and reconstruction
United Nations

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