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which include conducting FHA exercises in coordination with interagency partners to have a shared understanding of capabilities available during disasters; • Prioritizing information sharing – specifically, the development of DoD policies to address this requirement during FHA missions, as well as determining which communication systems would be most widely available to non-DoD partners; • Ramping-up the participation of DoD planners and operators in currently-available FHA courses, to include those offered by USAID, the UN, the academic community as well as DoD entities (e.g., CFE/DM); • And leveraging existing exercise programs to foster greater interagency coordination and training. Clearly, there are no magic bullets here, but an effective training strategy can certainly plant the right questions for a freshly-minted practitioner, while also providing them with a credible repertoire of best practices to apply whenever duty calls. Building the Talent Pool While WG1 focused rigorously on the scope and content of the training curriculum, it also looked at ways to insure FHA training can be well absorbed and utilized. To this end, the WG proffered up four specific recommendations: • Look for ways to integrate existing US and international FHA training curricula into professional military education (PME) at all appropriate levels; • Clearly identify FHA training requirements and competencies for service members filling FHA mission activities and tasks; • Add these skill identifiers to service members’ individual records based upon their education, training and deployment experiences; • Insure that service personnel systems can identify service members with FHA experience for rapid access, to meet future spikes in demand. Within the defense community, these initiatives would help to better align the supply of talent and expertise at a time in history when FHA is an increasingly vital mission for the US military and a key element in supporting civilian authorities. Given the broad swath of military specialties that potentially contribute to FHA – from transportation and logistics to engineering, medical support, communications, reconnaissance, civil affairs, military police, and light infantry – it is vital to infuse FHA training into these domains as a way to develop a more common operating picture before the next disaster hits. 8 Notes: Participants included experts from United States Agency for International Development, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, Office of Secretary of Defense, Center for Army Analysis, Peace Keeping and Stability Operations Institute, JS/J-7, Joint and Coalition Operational Analysis Division, Army G3/5, US Army Civil Affairs, National Defense University, US Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command, InterAction, Marine Corps Civil Military Operations School, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, and US John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School. 2 Admittedly, predictive capacity is not our strength. Tak e, for example, then Secretary of Defense Robert Gates reflections about US military operations: “And I must tell you, when it comes to predicting the nature and location of our next military engagements, since Vietnam, our record has been perfect. We have never once gotten it right, from the Mayaguez to Grenada, Panama, Somalia, the Balkans, Haiti, Kuwait, Iraq, and more -- we had no idea a year before any of these missions that we would be so engaged.” Speech at West Point, February 25, 2011. 3 Foreign Consequence Management (FCM) includes chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive (CBRNe) hazards. 1