Non-Security Assistance - Unified Command

Non-Security Assistance - Unified Command At A Glance

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Headed by the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Unified Command Plan's non-security assistance focuses on humanitarian and civic aid.

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The Unified Command is a structure within the Armed Forces that provides both geographic and functional commands to coordinate the American military in times of war and peace. Headed by the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Unified Command Plan is reviewed every two years to reassess missions; planning, training, and operational responsibilities; and geographic areas of responsibility. Non-security assistance with the Unified Command falls primarily under humanitarian and civic aid.  This most often comes in the form of disaster response training to members of foreign militaries to improve a state’s capability to respond to disasters in hopes of reducing or eliminating the need for a U.S. intervention. Humanitarian assistance is not typically provided to members of foreign militaries, but select members are occasionally included to illustrate the military’s role in supporting civilian agencies during emergencies. If the host nation’s military is the only government institution with the capacity to respond to crises, disaster response training is provided directly to the armed services in some cases. Disaster response training aims to provide the necessary skills for the civilian leaders of foreign governments and institutions to organize emergency workers, hospital medical and administrative personnel and military members to respond to natural disasters. Additionally, disaster response programs contribute to regional stability and support both ambassadorial and command theater security cooperation strategies.

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