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Department of Defense: Joint Publication 3-29 on Foreign Humanitarian Assistance

Published March 17, 2009

The Department of Defense revised their protocol on DoD's role in humanitarian assistence on March 17, 2009.

Overview of changes:

This document is a substantial transition from the previous edition of Joint Publication (JP) 3-29. With advances and changes in how the Department of Defense engages in foreign humanitarian assistance (FHA) operations, additional tools are now available to the joint warfighter. These tools in the form of multiple referenced handbooks, manuals, articles and websites are published and utilized by a multitude of US interagency and multinational partners and has brought additional validity to the planning and execution of FHA operations. The new JP 3-29 recognizes these tools as they aid in the success of the US's World Wide FHA
Engagement Strategy. Changes include:

  • Identifies the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) as the principal agency for US bilateral development and humanitarian assistance.
  • Establishes reference to JP 3-08, Interorganizational Coordination During Joint Operations.
  • Establishes the use of and reference to the terms and definitions of developmental assistance and security assistance.
  • Establishes reference to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Instruction 3214.01C, Military Support to Foreign Consequence Management Operations for Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Incidents.
  • Establishes the reference to JP 3-07.3, Peace Operations, and identifies changes to the definition of peace operations.
  • Provides figures/tables depicting the interagency coordination flow for FHA operations.
  • Identifies and recognizes the key roles of non-US Government participants and organizations.
  • Provides figures/tables depicting the civil-military operations center composition and functions.
  • Establishes entirely new/revised sections on strategic communications and civil affairs and removes these sections from Chapter II, "Organization and Interagency Coordination," and places them in Chapter IV, "Execution and Assessment."
  • Provides figures/tables depicting the overarching relief process.
  • Provides figures/tables depicting the three FHA operational environments of: permissive, uncertain, and hostile.
  • Provides figures/tables depicting the sources of information on the current situation in crisis area, providing political, cultural, economic, military, geographic and topographic, climatic, infrastructure and engineering, health and other essential information.
  • Removes the section on manpower and personnel services support from within Chapter IV, "Execution and Assessment," and disperses significant segments through the rest of the publication.
  • Provides a significant revision to the legal principles section of Annex A, "Humanitarian Principles in the Law of War," to Appendix A, "Legal Issues."
  • Provides a significant revision to the Pacific Disaster Center section in Appendix B, "Department of Defense Foreign Disaster Assistance Tasking and Funding Procedures and Humanitarian Assistance Programs."
  • Provides a significant revision to the USAID information in Appendix C, "Department of State and United States Agency for International Development Organizations."
  • Provides a significant revision to the International Committee of the Red Cross information in Appendix D, "Humanitarian Nongovernmental and Intergovernmental Organizations."
  • Provides a significant revision to the Services capabilities: US Navy
    section of Appendix E, "Health Service Support in Foreign Humanitarian
    Assistance Operations."

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