Magazine article DISAM Journal

April 2007 Defense Security Cooperation Agency Humanitarian Assistance Conference

Magazine article DISAM Journal

April 2007 Defense Security Cooperation Agency Humanitarian Assistance Conference

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More than 100 experts gathered in Washington for the 2007 Defense Security Cooperation Agency's (DSCA) Humanitarian Assistance (HA) Conference. The event drew representatives from across the spectrum, covering everything from budget, policy and training to inter-agency coordination and technology.

Lieutenant General Jeff Kohler, [then] DSCA director, opened the event by applauding the collaborative efforts of the humanitarian assistance community by stating the following:

   I want to express my thanks and admiration for your significant
   contributions to our government's Vision of shaping the military
   environment, seeking to avert humanitarian crises, promoting
   democratic development, enabling countries to recover from
   conflict, and, at the same time, giving relief to people and
   communities in need. These programs support regional cooperation
   strategies by providing access to selected countries and fostering
   goodwill for our military forces and our government.

DSCA assumed responsibility for program management, implementation execution responsibility for the Overseas Humanitarian, Disaster, and Civic Aid (OHDACA) appropriation about nine years ago.

Over the last few years the humanitarian assistance community has been extremely busy. Most of OHDACA's appropriation over the last two years was used to support both the 2004 tsunami disaster relief mission in the Indian Ocean and the people of Pakistan's 2005 earthquake recovery efforts. Attendees heard from all of the supporting elements for DoD HA programs, including the Office of Management and Budget, Department of State, United States Agency for International Development (USAID), various policy offices from the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD), the Joint Staff, DSCA's Humanitarian De-mining Training Center representatives, and the Special Operations Command. …

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