A medical vehicle drives aboard the amphibious assault ship
A medical vehicle attached to the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (24th MEU), drives aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) during an onload of more than 500 Marines from the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit and nearly 300 pallets of supplies. Iwo Jima is moored pierside at Naval Station Norfolk awaiting further tasking as Hurricane Matthew develops. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jess E. Toner/Released)

Civilian-Military Humanitarian Response Program

The Civilian-Military Humanitarian Response Program (HRP) helps to improve the U.S. Navy’s and international militaries’ effectiveness in conducting humanitarian assistance and disaster response operations through innovative education, research, and simulation activities. HRP partners and networks with leading universities, humanitarian organizations, and agencies in order to advance civilian-military coordination during humanitarian emergencies in conflict settings and natural disasters.

Our Objectives

To improve the coordination between U.S. and international militaries, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), governmental organizations, and intergovernmental organizations (IGOs) during complex emergencies and natural disasters.

To this end, we create educational opportunities for leaders and practitioners across the humanitarian response sector, while improving the U.S. Navy’s and international navies’ understanding of best practices and lessons learned during complex emergencies and natural disasters.

In addition, we advance the understanding of rapidly evolving frameworks and information communication technologies used in humanitarian responses.


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Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Response (HA/DR) Research Portal

Created and managed by HRP, the HA/DR Research Portal is intended to provide easy access to resources for scholars and practitioners working on issues related to civil-military coordination in humanitarian emergencies, including natural disasters and conflict settings.

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Our experienced and renowned faculty have years of earned expertise across a wide range of naval and educational topics. To learn more, please use the link below to access the online directory.

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Assist and Assess Team

We partner with fleet commanders, their maritime operations center (MOC) staffs and coordinates with other Navy, joint, interagency and multinational commands/organizations in order to enhance the Navy’s maritime command.

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News, Media, & Events


Current Strategy Forum: "The Agile Navy: Maximizing Maritime Power in the Information Age"

Jun. 11, 2019
8:00 a.m.
U.S. Naval War College, 686 Cushing Road, Newport, RI 02841

Lectures of Opportunity: "Russia and its Challenges: Now into the Next Generation"

May. 28, 2019
12:00 p.m.
Conolly Hall, U.S. Naval War College, 686 Cushing Road, Newport, RI 02841