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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 email@example.com or Jonathan Robinson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com, David Polatty at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Jonathan Robinson at email@example.com.
Urban Outbreak 2019 Pandemic Response: Select Research & Game Findings
A summary of 16 key research and game findings focused on the characteristics of civil-military response to a pandemic scenario in collaboration with Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS) - National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health (NCDMPH) and Johns Hopkins University’s Applied Physics Lab. While these findings are in no way definitive or complete, they are a sampling of relevant guidance based on research, gaming, and expert opinion. It is hoped that these findings will contribute to improving civilian and military effectiveness in HA/DR operations.
Naval War College and MIT Scholars Online Disease Outbreak Simulation
The “Urban Outbreak Online Simulation” finds players responding to a notional disease outbreak in a fictional developing nation. Building on the work of the 2019 Urban Outbreak wargame, the simulation requires players to identify key stakeholders and actions to respond to a rapidly unfolding public health crisis. Informing players of the complexity of conditions and better preparing future leaders in decision making in humanitarian response operations, the single-player game is available free-of-charge for the public to try.
In Case of Emergency: System-wide Response in the Era of COVID-19
This Think Piece by the Humanitarian Advisory Group looks to the future – beyond the impact on current humanitarian crises to explore what a large-scale rapid response might look like in the context of COVID-19. It considers how the humanitarian sector could prepare to respond in the event of an L3 emergency during the global pandemic.
Re-assessing the Civil-Military Coordination Service of UNOCHA
A strategic re-assessment of UNOCHA’s Civil-Military Coordination Service led by the Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Studies (CHRHS), based at the Watson Institute of International and Public Affairs at Brown University. This report takes stock of the perspectives of CMCS’ partners regarding key elements of current response contexts and partners’ needs and expectations from CMCS, identifying 12 gaps related to CMCS’ three main areas of activities.
Please note, this page contains content and links to website that are being provided as a convenience and for general informational purposes only. They do not constitute an endorsement, approval, affiliation, or association with the Department of Defense, Department of the Navy, or the U.S. Naval War College unless specified.