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Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Response (HA/DR): Home

This research portal provides key resources for scholars and practitioners working on issues related to civil-military coordination in humanitarian assistance and disaster responses

About The HA/DR Research Portal

The NWC's Humanitarian Response Program (HRP) helps to improve the U.S. Navy’s and international militaries’ effectiveness in conducting humanitarian assistance and disaster response operations through innovative education, research, and simulation activities. HRP also partners and networks with leading US and international universities, humanitarian organizations, and other agencies engaged in HA/DR in order to advance civilian-military coordination during responses to complex emergencies and natural disasters. For more information about HRP, please visit our website

HA/DR Academic Offerings

The HRP offers tailored HA/DR education to the U.S. Navy through the following courses.

  • Fleet Humanitarian Operations Course (FHOC) Dynamic, tailored, and scalable courses and simulations to prepare U.S. Navy Fleet headquarters and Carrier / Expeditionary Strike Group staffs to effectively plan, execute, and assess HA/DR operations.
  • Maritime Humanitarian Assistance Survey Team (MarHAST) Course Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet-directed course that prepares select personnel from U.S. Navy Fleet headquarters and Carrier / Expeditionary Strike Group staffs to serve as a tactical level reconnaissance and liaison element during HA/DR operations.
  • Naval War College In-Residence Courses HRP provide lectures and simulations for CFMCC Flag Courses, ELOC, MOPC, and NWC Master’s Degree Electives.

If you are interested in learning more about these courses, or require a tailored solution to fit your HA/DR education needs, please contact Hank Brightman at or Jonathan Robinson at


We welcome any suggestions or comments on how our research portal might better serve your research needs. Please contact the U.S. Naval War College Library Reference Desk at, Hank Brightman at, or Jonathan Robinson at

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