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    CFE-DM Releases Civilian Harm Mitigation and Response in U.S. Military Operations Handbook



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    Center for Excellence in Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance

    Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam – HAWAII - The Center for Excellence in Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance (CFE-DM) located at Ford Island, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, is pleased to release its Best Practices Handbook for Civilian Harm Mitigation and Response in U.S. Military Operations.

    CFE-DM is a U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) organization comprised of nearly 30 subject matter experts that provide academic research, civil-military coordination training, and operational insights to support decision making before, during, and after crises.

    “The U.S. military has long recognized the moral, legal and strategic importance of mitigating harm to civilians. But we haven’t had a guide to best practices. Much has been learned in the past two decades, and while there is still more to document, these are lessons that will be important for the future,” said Ralph Mamiya, CFE-DM advisor.

    The new Handbook is available on the CFE-DM website here:

    This Handbook consolidates two decades of unclassified best practices for mitigating and responding to civilian harm in U.S. military operations, the first such consolidation by a Department of Defense entity. It is intended as an introductory reference for U.S. military personnel at all levels.

    It draws on documented best practices and identifies key points of guidance from doctrine and highlights practical examples from a range of contexts. It further highlights areas where further study and distillation of best practice is warranted. With heightened attention to civilian harm associated with U.S. military operations from the Department of Defense and Congress, mitigating and responding to civilian harm will increasingly form a key area of development for the future of the U.S. military.

    CFE-DM will update this Handbook as ongoing DoD studies become publicly available.

    The staff at the Center partner with a diverse group of governmental and nongovernmental actors, as well as academic institutions to increase collaborations and capabilities in humanitarian assistance and disaster response. To learn more about upcoming training opportunities or download other resources please visit our website:



    Date Taken: 08.01.2021
    Date Posted: 08.02.2021 02:46
    Story ID: 402199
    Location: HONOLULU, HAWAII, US

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