In Times of Crisis: Global and Local Civil-Military Disaster Relief Coordination in the United States and Japan

December 12, 2006

Washington, D.C.

On December 12, 2006, government officials, crisis management experts, military officers, and NGO and private sector representatives from the United States and Japan gathered for a one-day workshop in Washington, D.C., to discuss the key organizational, legal, and cultural parameters of civil-military coordination in the United States and Japan for large-scale domestic and international disaster relief operations. Participants reviewed national response strategies, military capabilities, and NGO and private sector contributions. In addition to sharing key lessons learned from past large-scale disasters, such as the Indian Ocean tsunami and Pakistan earthquake, participants identified issue areas that would benefit from joint coordination, such as damage and needs assessment, information sharing, logistical support, and training. Participants also explored means to enhance US-Japan civil-military coordination in disaster management in order to harmonize policies for improved emergency response and recovery, as well as to pave the way for greater bilateral cooperation throughout the Asia-Pacific region for missions such as peacekeeping, counter-proliferation, counterterrorism, and maritime security.

The event was co-sponsored byIFPA, the Osaka School of International Public Policy, Osaka University, and The Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership.