Antifragility, Asymmetry, and All-Hazards Capability Development
By Commander Michael Hallett, U.S. Navy Reserve
The U.S. government, led by the Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance, occasionally provides support to countries that request assistance after major natural disasters. A small percentage of these situations—for example, the November 2013 response to the massive Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines—requires unique U.S. military capabilities. As Naval Doctrine Publication 1 suggests, providing foreign humanitarian assistance is a core military capability. To reduce the costs of these activities and the disruption to other operations, the U.S. military must support partner-nation efforts to enhance their disaster-management capabilities. An asymmetric approach based on increasing the antifragility of local disaster-management systems can help U.S. military planners achieve this goal.
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