(Originally posted Jan. 4, 2005)
The Adventures of Chester has a very good set of articles covering tsunami relief efforts by the U.S. military:
"I'm doing some in-depth work this week on the US military relief effort in SE Asia. I think it will really kick off from its current initial phase in about 3-5 days."
I'm hoping he expands his coverage to the entire core group, plus Russia. It would be an illustrative comparison to the U.N., on which more later. Meanwhile, see especially:
- Those U.S. helicopters flying aid supplies into remote regions are worth their weight in gold... and saving many, many lives. Utapo air Base in Thailand is also playing a big role.
- Chester offers Humanitarian Assistance Basics I, then goes on to Humanitarian Assistance III: General Zinni's Rules:
"General Zinni went on to be the Commander-in-Chief of Central Command, and became very highly regarded for his experience in military operations other than war, including humanitarian assistance. Here are his rules to keep in mind when participating in these operations, and they, or a version of them, are no doubt being carefully followed on board many ships even as we speak...."
Do you want to know what U.S. military forces are committed to the effort? Chester keeps us updated, and follows up with 15th MEU (Marines Expeditionary Unit) Concept of Operations Insight. See the comments, too, as well as the latest post covering Admiral Fargo's Jan. 3rd Press Conference. Chester, get those updates consolidated into one place!
Fortunately, standing multinational standard operating procedures that have been developed over years with the cooperation of over 31 different countries are helping the aid come together.
Contrast with Belmont Club's "Swine Before Pearls." Real capabilities and a long history of coordination and exercises over time (like Cobra Gold) are a hell of a lot more important than the ridiculous farce of the U.N.'s coordination teams for the coordination teams (I wish I was joking about that...), and Belmont Club's far more detailed comparison here.
The Toyota Taliban strike again!