Humanitarian and Civic Assistance

Humanitarian and Civic Assistance At A Glance

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The Humanitarian Civic Assistance (HCA) program is relief and development assistance that take place in the context of an overseas military exercise, training or operation.

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The Humanitarian Civic Assistance (HCA) program provides for relief and development assistance that take place in the context of an overseas military exercise, training or operation. Under the HCA program, U.S. military personnel participating in overseas deployments carry out humanitarian activities such as road construction, vaccination of children and well digging. HCA programs are often executed with the involvement of host-country civilian and military personnel. HCA programs cannot be carried out solely for humanitarian purposes; the primary purpose must be training of U.S. forces, readiness exercises or military operations. HCA activities are now described as ''a key tool in the War on Terrorism.'' According to the Defense Department, HCA activities “are often preventative in nature, focused at the root cause of ideological extremism, and provide access to regions where traditional military-to-military engagement is virtually impossible.” The budget for Humanitarian Civic Assistance projects is presented in a yearly Defense Department report. The amounts indicate "incidental expenses" -- the cost of materials, supplies and some services. The funding listed below does not include costs for transportation, personnel, fuel or the repair of equipment. Expenses reported as HCA are only those components of a deployment that are directly related to a particular project. Thus the dollar amounts categorized as "HCA" are very small when compared with the activity's actual expense.

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