PWA Publishes Civil-Military Disaster Preparedness Report



By Peace Winds America (Jon Ehrenfeld and Chuck Aanenson), with Tokyo Foundation Senior Fellow Tsuneo Watanabe, and National Defense Academy Professor Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Noboru Yamaguchi


PWA Report Cover ImageJune, 2013 – Culminating the 2011-2012 Japan-U.S. Civil-Military Disaster Preparedness Initiative, Peace Winds America announces the publication of its final Report.  Strengthening the Alliance: HA/DR Preparedness in the Asia-Pacific is a product of the many elements of the Initiative: hands-on training workshops, senior policy forums, tabletop exercises, scholarly research, stakeholder interviews, and partner input.

Strengthening the Alliance addresses many of the most pressing questions in current humanitarian assistance / disaster relief practice in Asia:  How do Japan and the U.S. governments and their militaries work together in response? What lessons have emerged from the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami?  What is the role of disaster cooperation in the future Japan-U.S. security alliance?  This PWA report addresses these questions and more, placing HA/DR in the context of wider issues of non-traditional security and the unique challenges facing East and Southeast Asia.  Scholars, disaster managers, and public policy decision-makers alike will find:

  • Analyses of past case studies, including the 2011 Tohoku tsunami, 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami, 2008 Cyclone Nargis, and more
  • Recommendations for future civil-military cooperation in disaster preparedness, “go/no-go” decision-making, response, and recovery
  • Discussion of HA/DR and Japan-U.S. bilateral agreements, and the role of non-government stakeholders in disaster preparedness, response and recovery
  • The role of HA/DR within the larger context of the Japan-U.S. alliance
  • Japanese language executive summary and concluding chapter for HA/DR managers and policy-makers in Japan


Executive Summary and Full Volume: PWA is pleased to provide a bilingual (English and Japanese) version of the Report executive summary for direct download, as well as the full text of the report (without cover images).


Executive Summary/要旨 – Strengthening the Alliance


Full Text of the Report


How to Obtain A Hard Copy:  Peace Winds America will provide this report free of charge.  For inquiries on paper copies, please contact

Learn more about the 2011-2012 Japan-U.S. Civil-Military Disaster Preparedness Initiative at:

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