The U.S. Military Response to the 2010 Haiti Earthquake: Considerations for Army Leaders

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RAND Corporation

This report describes how the U.S. military responded to the 2010 earthquake that devastated Haiti, and it presents recommendations for improving military foreign humanitarian assistance and disaster relief. The report should be of interest throughout the Department of Defense, as well as to other organizations involved in such assistance and relief operations.

The report summarizes the results of a research project called “Improving the Army’s Disaster Response: Lessons from the Earthquake in Haiti,” sponsored by the Deputy Chief of Staff, G-8, Headquarters, Department of the Army. The purpose of the project was to prepare an account of military operations in response to the earthquake, considering planning, doctrine, and execution, in order to identify challenges faced and make recommendations to improve the conduct of similar missions in the future.