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dc.contributor.advisorGregg, Heather S.
dc.contributor.authorMuscato, Shane P.
dc.contributor.authorSullivan, Joey P.
dc.dateDec-15
dc.date.accessioned2016-02-17T18:37:51Z
dc.date.available2016-02-17T18:37:51Z
dc.date.issued2015-12
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10945/47823
dc.description.abstractTheUnited States has participated in overseas humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR) efforts since its inception. Today, the principal government agent responsible for HADR responses is the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), which works closely with the U.S. Department of Defense, including Marine, Navy, Air Force, and special operations forces to provide logistical support. Air Force special operations forces (AFSOF) are an especially useful HADR asset, given their speed, organic command and control, and unique mission sets. Despite this, AFSOF is often overlooked as a rapid responder in HADR operations. This thesis investigates the use of AFSOF as a rapid responder through two case studies: the 2004 HADR operation following the earthquake and tsunami in Southeast Asia and the HADR operation following the 2013 super typhoon in the central Philippines. In both cases, AFSOF provided critical support in the hours and days after these disasters, and helped pave the way for more sustained efforts undertaken by other U.S. and international responders over time. To improve AFSOF’s capabilities as a HADR force, this thesis recommends creating one set of HADR definitions for the U.S. government, improving AFSOF’s and USAID’s relationship, and implementing an AFSOF Disaster Response Concept of Operations.en_US
dc.description.urihttp://archive.org/details/deathtaxesnddisa1094547823
dc.publisherMonterey, California: Naval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
dc.rightsThis publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United States.en_US
dc.titleDeath, taxes, and disasters: AFSOF’s utility in disaster responseen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.secondreaderGreenshields, Brian H.
dc.contributor.secondreaderSteckler, Brian D.
dc.contributor.departmentDefense Analysis (DA)
dc.subject.authorhumanitarian assistance and disaster reliefen_US
dc.subject.authorAir Force special operations forcesen_US
dc.subject.authorspecial operations forcesen_US
dc.subject.authorrapid-onset natural disasteren_US
dc.subject.authororganic command and controlen_US
dc.subject.authorspeeden_US
dc.subject.authorunique mission setsen_US
dc.subject.authorinteroperabilityen_US
dc.subject.authorMC-130en_US
dc.description.serviceMajor,United States Air Forceen_US
etd.thesisdegree.nameMaster of Science in Defense Analysisen_US
etd.thesisdegree.levelMastersen_US
etd.thesisdegree.disciplineDefense Analysisen_US
etd.thesisdegree.grantorNaval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
dc.description.distributionstatementApproved for public release; distribution is unlimited.


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