The Civil Affairs Association is a Veterans organization serving professionals of the United States’ Civil Affairs community. Our members populate all walks of life, have served or are currently serving in the Armed Forces of the United States, or are the descendants of those who have honorably served and have chosen to continue serving the communities where they live.
2015 Civil Affairs Symposium
“Civil Affairs: A Force for Engagement and Conflict Prevention”
The Civil Affairs Association
In coordination with the
National Defense University Center for Complex Operations
U.S. Army Peacekeeping & Stability Operations Institute
Center for the Study of Civil-Military Operations at West Point
Foreign Area Officer Association
Reserve Officers Association
U.S. Global Leadership Coalition
Friday, November 20, 2015
Joint Base San Antonio Fort Sam Houston Mission Training Complex
Hood Street, Bldg. # 4012
Fort Sam Houston, TX 78234
Civil Affairs has long been a major national strategic capability that helps transition from war to peace and from military to civilian lead and control after major conflict. Increasingly, CA is being required to engage partners in Phase 0 (Shape and Influence), to contribute to conflict analysis, including identifying sources of illicit power as well as the distribution and use of political and informal power, in order to mitigate the drivers of instability and not just threats. In conjunction with Military Information Support and Information Operations as well as Foreign Area Officers, it is the only part of the Joint Force specifically suited for Peace & Stability Operations under Joint Stability Operations Doctrine and the U.S. Army Functional Concept for Engagement. All this brings up two questions: One, how as such does or should CA contribute to conflict prevention, in coordination with MISO/IO and FAOs as well as an array of government, non-government, and private sector civilian partners and regional and multilateral organizations? Two, what CA capabilities are required to support engagement in these ways? In addition to speakers and panel discussions bringing forward key lessons from past operations, Civil Affairs Issue Papers with observations and recommendations on the future Civil Affairs force will be presented for publication after the Symposium.
Thursday, November 19, 2015
18:00 – No host meet and greet, Wyndham Riverwalk Hotel
Friday, November 20, 2015
8:00 Registration / coffee, tea & refreshments
8:30 Opening remarks: Joe Kirlin, Colonel, U.S. Army Civil Affairs (ret.), President, The Civil Affairs Association
8:40 Symposium and Issue Papers Overview:
– Colonel John C. Church, Jr., U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, Director Civil Military Integration Team, Headquarters U. S. Marine Corps, Assistant Professor, Immaculata University; and
– Christopher Holshek, Colonel, U.S. Army Civil Affairs (ret.), Senior Fellow, Alliance for Peacebuilding
9:00 Keynote Speaker: “The Army Concept for Engagement and the Role of Civil Affairs,” Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, Director, Army Capabilities Integration Center and Deputy Commanding General,
Futures, US Army Training and Doctrine Command
10:30 Panel Discussion: Civil Affairs in Engagement and Conflict Prevention – Current Civil-Military Force Activities and Recommendations on the Way Ahead
Moderator: Jim Ruf, Colonel, U.S. Army Civil Affairs (ret.), Senior Program Officer for Civil- Military Affairs, United States Institute of Peace
- Major General Daniel Ammerman, Commander, U.S. Army Civil Affairs & Psychological Operations Command (Airborne)
- Brigadier General Austin E. Renforth, Commanding General, Training Command, U.S. Marine Corps
- Colonel Daniel A. Pinnell, Director, U.S. Army Peacekeeping & Stability Operations Institute
- Colonel Scot N. Storey, Commander, 95th Civil Affairs Brigade (Airborne)
- Dr. Rosemary Speers, Principal Research Scientist, Center for Naval Analyses
12:30 Catered lunch served in-place
13:00 Luncheon Speaker – “Civil Affairs in the ‘New Normal,’” Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Stability and Humanitarian Affairs Anne A. Witkowsky
14:00 Civil Affairs Issue Paper Presentations
Moderator: Bruce B. Bingham, Brigadier General, U.S. Army Civil Affairs (ret.), Issue Paper Committee Chairman
- “From Green to Blue: U.S. Army Civil Affairs and International Police Engagement,” Captain Rob Kobold
- “The Role of Civil Affairs in Counter-Unconventional Warfare,” Major Shafi Saiduddin
- “Civil Affairs Forces, U.S. Army Reserve, National Guard, and State Partnership Program: Is There Room for Engagement?” Major David E. Leiva and Major John Nonnemaker
- “Renewed Relevance: CA Develop Human Networks for Effective Engagement,” Major Arnel P. David
- “Civil Engagement as a Tool for Conflict Prevention: A Case Study,” Captain Tammy Sloulin and Lieutenant Colonel Steve Lewis
15:30 Break – Vote Tally on Issue Papers and Networking Session
16:00 Organizational Announcements and Presentation of Issue Paper Awards
16:30 Closing Remarks and Adjournment
Joe Kirlin, Colonel, U.S. Army Civil Affairs (ret.), President, The Civil Affairs Association
18:30 No-Host Cocktail Hour and Association Banquet Dinner (19:30) at the Wyndham Riverwalk Hotel, San Antonio, TX
Please bring appropriate ID to gain access to Ft. Sam Houston. If you have personal ground transportation, we encourage you to use it, pool with others, and plan for a 30-40 minute drive from the Wyndham Hotel in San Antonio.
Event Registration Roundtable registration fee is $35.00 in advance, $40.00 cash upon arrival.
To register in advance, click here: Civil Affairs: A Force for Engagement and Conflict Prevention
NEW!! The Wyndham Riverwalk Hotel’s special room rate of $119.oo plus tax has been extended until 27 October. Call 1-866-764-8536 and let them know that you’re with The Civil Affairs Association. The web link has been shut down.
June 19, 2015
By Mr. Jerry Green (USASOC)
The 96th Civil Affairs Battalion (Airborne) held a ceremony celebrating the presentation of the Operation RESTORE HOPE campaign streamer, June 12, 2015, at the battalion headquarters, Fort Bragg, N.C.
On September 18, 2014 the Secretary of the Army authorized the Armed Forces Expeditionary campaign streamer for Operations RESTORE HOPE and UNITED SHIELD. The campaign streamer was awarded in recognition of the efforts by members of C Company, 96th CAB during their tour of duty in Somalia.
Arriving in Mogadishu in Dec. 1992, the six civil affairs direct support teams and a company headquarters element were to provide security for the overall humanitarian relief effort occurring at the time.
The Gleaner, Jamaica, West Indies, May 10, 2015
The United States naval ship, Comfort – a Mercy-class hospital ship – arrived in Kingston early yesterday, a day ahead of its scheduled humanitarian mission to Jamaica.
Thousands of Jamaicans are expected to benefit from free medical, engineering and veterinary services during the May 6-14 exercise, where more than 100 medical personnel, as well as several engineers and other crew members, will carry out humanitarian work at several hospitals, health centres and schools.
“The ship’s main purpose here is to carry out surgeries and medical procedures for those persons in need, as well as engineering work on several schools that are badly in need of repair. We also have some veterinary engagements as well,” Master Sergeant John Cuoco told The Gleaner yesterday.
Cuoco, along with Corporal Philip Henry, a Jamaican – both members of the US Marines Corps with the fourth civil affairs group based in Hialeah, Florida – have been in Jamaica for the past week conducting advanced logistics, coordination and preparation, ahead of the humanitarian ship’s arrival.
Volume 5, Issue 3 (April 2105) edition of the U.S. Army Peacekeeping & Stability Operations Institute’s Peace & Stability Journal features an article on the first of the new series of Civil Affairs Issue Papers. “Civil Affairs Association and PKSOI Launch the First of Issue Papers on ‘The Future of Civil Affairs'” appears on pages 34-36 of the Journal, which can be downloaded at:
Peace and Stability Journal
- · emerging security cooperation and security assistance operations performed by General
Purpose Forces under the Regionally Aligned Force concept;
- · “building partner capacity” missions, in cooperation with regional and multilateral organizations, partner nations, and possibly National Guard State Partnership Missions; and
- · Special Operations in “persistent engagement.”