Skip to main content


The use of military assets in the humanitarian response to natural disasters [WP994]

This conference discussed the following points:

  • What are the lessons of civil-military co-ordination from recent responses to sudden-onset natural disasters?
  • How are military assets likely to be deployed in future disasters?
  • What are the potential interactions in response to pandemics?
  • How can well integrated military assets better assist national authorities to conduct their own response?
  • What model of integration best assists national authorities lead their response?
  • How can “neighbours help neighbours” work in practice?
  •  What are the obstacles to such neighbourhood support and how might they be overcome?
  • What are the key lessons from different experiences of regional co-operation such as the Asian Pacific Military Assistance to Disaster Relief Operations (MADRO)?
  • How could any military contribution from outside the region be better integrated into a national and regional response?
  • What improvements are needed for civil-military co-ordination guidelines to ensure they are relevant on the ground?
  • What more can be done to develop standard operating procedures between countries and at a regional level ahead of a disaster?
  • How to ensure the needs of those affected by disasters are met during any civilian-military response and that humanitarian “space” is maintained?

Want to find out more?

Sign up to our newsletter