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

Welcome to the U.S. Naval War College’s Civilian-Military Humanitarian Response Program's (HRP) Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Response (HA/DR) Research Portal.

About The HA/DR Research Portal

This research portal is designed to provide scholars and practitioners in the field of civil military coordination in humanitarian assistance and disaster response key resources and tools for their needs. It is updated regularly with the latest research and current news in the HA/DR field.

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 partners and networks with leading universities, humanitarian organizations, and agencies in order to advance civilian-military coordination during humanitarian response in 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 David Polatty 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, David Polatty at, or Jonathan Robinson at

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