The Beacon: Volume 1, Issue 4

Luce in Fall

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Nov. 30, 2017
8:00 p.m.
U.S. Naval War College

Public Affairs Office

The NWC’s Civilian- Military Humanitarian Response Program (HRP) is currently developing an innovative “Fleet Humanitarian Operations Course” (FHOC), the purpose of which is to improve the U.S. Navy’s effectiveness in conducting Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Response (HA/DR) operations outside the United States, as well as Defense Support to Civil Authorities (DSCA) operations domestically.

Designed to be delivered forward at U.S. Navy Fleet and Component Commander headquarters, this operational-planning focused course will draw on recent lessons learned and best practices from

complex disaster response operations. Examples of evidenced-based research that will be infused into the course, include 2013’s Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, the 2015 Nepal Earthquake, and 2017’s Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria.

The FHOC also will break new ground by examining HA/DR operations in conflict settings, an area that has traditionally been overlooked by existing education and training programs. During course design and development, HRP is working closely with the U.S. Agency for International Development, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, and

preeminent civilian research universities to ensure course curriculum reflects the most timely and accurate information available germane to the international humanitarian system.

This scalable 3- to 4-day course will be specifically tailored to each Fleet/ Component Commander staff AOR requirements, and will offer a combination of lectures, small group work, and a dynamic experiential simu- lation emphasizing fleet operations in these environments. The first course will be offered in the fall of 2018. For additional information, please contact Professor Dave Polatty at

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