Definition/Scope: (JP 3-57) Designated Active and Reserve Component forces and units organized, trained, and equipped specifically to conduct civil affairs operations and to support civil-military operations. CA forces offer unique capabilities that not only enhance the military mission but also ultimately advance the U.S. interests. CA units are organized, equipped, and trained to accompany special operations forces (SOF), conventional forces, and interagency organizations. Helping a country in crisis requires skills that promote the U.S. military relationship with IPI (indigenous populations and institutions), OGAs (other government agency), IGOs (intergovernmental organization), and NGOs (nongovernmental organization). CA forces are skilled in conducting these tasks.
Broader Terms:CMF 38 (Civil Affairs)
Narrower Terms:civil affairs activities
Related Terms:city assessment team concept