Office of Civilian-Military Cooperation

Housed within the Bureau for Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance, the Office of Civilian-Military Cooperation (DCHA/CMC) was created in 2005 to foster civilian-military cooperation in support of development objectives and the National Security Strategy. DCHA/CMC seeks to optimize application of USAID's unique development expertise to shape USAID/DoD cooperation in steady state, prevention, stabilization, transition, reconstruction and humanitarian assistance activities to strengthen host nation effectiveness.

Representing the spectrum of the Agency functions, DCHA/CMC provides the focal point for USAID interaction with US and foreign militaries in formalized relationships through coordinated policy, planning, training, education and outreach. Program areas of common interest include humanitarian assistance, conflict prevention and mitigation, disaster management countering violent extremism, counter-insurgency, post-conflict stabilization and reconstruction and security sector reform.

USAID's Senior Development Advisors in U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM), U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM), U.S. European Command (EUCOM), U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM), U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), U.S. Special Forces Command and the Joint Staff at the Pentagon insure that DCHA/CMC fosters collaboration with USAID's regional and pillar bureaus. Complementing this, six Combatant Command Liaison Officers (LNOs) assigned to DCHA/CMC from AFRICOM, CENTCOM, EUCOM, PACOM, SOCOM and SOUTHCOM ensure access to all levels of the DoD. The office also hosts Liason Officers from the U.S. Navy, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Marine Corps.

DCHA/CMC reinforces the DCHA bureau's strong links with the military and its lead role in quick response to conflict, reconstruction, transition, and disaster and famine situations. 

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Last updated: January 15, 2013

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