Logistics for Disaster Relief Operations Research Paper by Nicky

A research paper on the logistical cooperation between military and humanitarian organisations in disaster relief operations.
# 150936 | 5,922 words | 38 sources | APA | 2012 | US
Published on May 14, 2012 in Public Administration (General) , Military (Branches of Military)

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This paper enhances the understanding of the potential for logistical cooperation between military and humanitarian organisations in disaster relief operations, by suggesting a framework for logistic performance measurements. In this paper, the author argues that considerable benefit may be obtained by interrelating both military and non-military logistical experience to improve humanitarian response planning. This effort, the author contends, would most likely best be facilitated by a suitable performance measurement framework. The paper includes a vast amount of research material.

Study Background
Supply Chain and Logistics
Performance Measures
A Logistic Performance Measurement Framework

From the Paper:

"Military forces have become increasingly involved in humanitarian assistance such as natural disasters (earthquakes; flood; drought) or man-made crises (civil unrest; war; political/tribal disturbance) since the early 1990s. Instances of provision of aid by military forces, albeit, date back to the time before Alexander the Great Peter Antill (N.d.) explains in "Military Involvement in Humanitarian Aid Operations". Other instances of military forces humanitarian involvement have included the Napoleonic Wars, and also extended throughout "the World Wars of the Twentieth Century (...the Second World War and the devising of the Marshall Plan)... until the present day, including the Berlin Airlift (1948-9), the Congo, Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Sudan, Iraq, the former Yugoslavia, Rwanda and Mozambique" ("Military Involvement...", The Military Involvement section, 1). In fact, when natural or man-made occur, governments frequently secure military aid as the military not only possess particular pertinent resources, including medicine and medical aid, food and water, as well as fuel and means of transportation and other vital human assets for distributing them.
"In recent years, military perceptions relating to the provision of humanitarian aid (HA) services have reflected an increasing tendency for military forces to be utilized to support the delivery of humanitarian aid, and sometimes even to provide this aid directly (OCHA 2001). In turn, a number of barriers exist to execute effective civil-military cooperation. This challenge, however, may be located to the simple "lack of understanding" between the actors (Barry and Jefferys 2002). The solution typically proposed involves more joint information-sharing, all aimed at allowing the two sides to better understand each other. Therefore, a suitable starting point for increasing the efficiency of both the military and non-military logistical experience implementing disaster relief may be to discuss joint performance measurements for humanitarian aid operations."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Antill, P. (N.d.). Available at: Military Involvement in Humanitarian Aid Operations, http://www.historyofwar.org/articles/concepts_humanitarian.html [Accessed 15 September 2009].
  • Aydamirov, N. 2007. Emergency Relief Logistics. Logistics Spectrum. SOLE - The International Society of Logistics. Available at: HighBeam Research: http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1P3-1323230761.html [Accessed 15 September 2009].
  • Banomyong, R., Beresford, A. & Pettit, S. 2009. Logistics relief response model: The case of Thailand's tsunami affected area. Int. J. Services Technology and Management. Vol. 12, No. 4.
  • Barry, J., & Jefferys, A., 2002. A bridge too far: aid agencies and the military in humanitarian response. Humanitarian Practice Network.
  • Beresford, A. & Pettit, S. 2009. Emergency logistics and risk mitigation in Thailand following the Asian tsunami. Int. J. Risk Assessment and Management. Vol. 13, No. 1.

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