Humanitarian Mine Action

Humanitarian Mine Action At A Glance

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The Humanitarian Mine Action (HMA) program provides assistance for activities performed in a  foreign country to help address the threats of landmines and other explosive remnants of war (ERW).

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The Humanitarian Mine Action (HMA) program provides assistance for activities performed in a host country to help foreign governments in detection, clearance, physical security and stockpile management of landmines as well as the furnishing of education, training and technical assistance with respect to landmines and other explosive remnants of war (ERW). HMA is directly supervised by the regional Combatant Commanders. According to U.S. law, no member of the U.S. Armed Forces can engage in the physical detection, lifting or destroying of landmines and ERW unless it is also part of a U.S. military operation. DoD states that ''the goal of the DoD HMA program is to relieve human suffering and the adverse affects of landmines and ERW on noncombatants while advancing theater strategy, Theater Campaign Plan and U.S. national security objectives.'' For instance, the FY2007 Humanitarian Mine Action report noted that the program provides significant benefits to DoD as it "provides access to geographical areas otherwise not easily available to U.S. forces, and also contributes to unit and individual readiness by providing unique in-country training opportunities that cannot be duplicated in the U.S." 

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U.S. Code. Title 10. Section 407 Humanitarian demining Assistance: Authority; Limitations.   

 

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