Welcome to The Civil Affairs Association

CAA SymposiumEstablished in 1947

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.

As a tax exempt Veteran’s organization, The Civil Affairs Association operates within the guidelines of Internal Revenue Code 501(c) (19). We are organized for educational, professional, fraternal, and social purposes, as well as promoting esprit-de-corps and information dissemination among past and present members of the Armed Services, as well as their descendants.

The Association is further created to serve as an advocate for the Civil Affairs specialty within the Department of Defense to ensure an adequate capability to perform any assigned mission or task involving Civil Affairs and its related activities in support of National Defense.

Membership requirements mandated by Congress requires at least 75% of the members must be past or present members of the United States Armed Forces. Other members authorized under the IRC Code include Cadets (including only students in college or university ROTC programs or at Armed Services academies) or Spouses, widows, widowers, ancestors or lineal descendants of individuals referenced above.

The Civil Affairs Association encourages your new or continued membership.

Latest Edition of Peace & Stability Journal Cites Civil Affairs Issue Papers

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

2015 Call for Civil Affairs Issue Papers

2015 Civil Affairs Symposium
“Civil Affairs: A Force for Engagement and Conflict Prevention”
Civil Affairs (CA) 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, however, CA is being required to engage partners to bring together whole-of-nation elements in:

  • · 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.”

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Former AFRICOM Commander at Roundtable: Civil Affairs Is a Force for the Future

Gen Ham at CA Roundtable , March 11, 2015

Gen Ham at CA Roundtable , March 11, 2015

“As I look to the future and think about the nature of future operations and the character of the environment in which we send the women and men of our Nation,” retired General Carter F. Ham told an audience of nearly 50 Active, Reserve, and retired military, civilians, and cadets who braved bad weather in the Northeast, “it becomes clearer to me the essential role of Civil Affairs.”

Speaking as the keynote at the Civil Affairs Roundtable at West Point, NY on Friday, the 6th of March, General Ham prefaced his assertion by explaining that, because “war and conflict are inherently human endeavors,” the mindset and people skills trademark of Civil Affairs, along with their civilian acquired proficiencies, and cross-cultural and regional understanding, “describes the forces needed well into the future.”
Citing his own experiences with Civil Affairs in the Balkans, Iraq, and Africa, he noted how each time small numbers of Civil Affairs professionals had a “disproportionate effect” on leveraging “positive outcomes with relatively minor investment.”

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2014 – 2015 CIVIL AFFAIRS ISSUE PAPERS

2014 – 2015 CIVIL AFFAIRS ISSUE PAPERS:
THE FUTURE OF CIVIL AFFAIRS
Edited by
Christopher Holshek
John C. Church, Jr.

“Their purpose is to provide a platform for the broader Civil Affairs community to communicate to important opinion leaders in the Executive and Legislative branches, as well as key military commands and institutions, what it thinks the way ahead should be for CA, utilizing experienced operators rather than the just the usual think-tank approach. This not only draws on the rich legacy of CA, but its remarkable talent. ”
 

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Click here to read the entire set of papers

352nd Civil Affairs Col. Richard S. Smudin takes command of 354th Civil Affairs Brigade

Brig. Gen. Stolte, commander of the 352nd Civil Affairs Command, passes the brigade colors to Col. Richard S. Smudin, incoming commander of the 354th Civil Affairs Brigade. Command Sgt. Maj. Ryan Whitson, command sergeant major of the 354th, is also pictured. The assumption of command ceremony was held at McGill Training Center March 8, 2015.

Brig. Gen. Stolte, commander of the 352nd Civil Affairs Command, passes the brigade colors to Col. Richard S. Smudin, incoming commander of the 354th Civil Affairs Brigade. Command Sgt. Maj. Ryan Whitson, command sergeant major of the 354th, is also pictured. The assumption of command ceremony was held at McGill Training Center March 8, 2015.

FORT MEADE, Md. — The brigade colors for a Maryland civil affairs unit were handed to an alumnus of Boston University during an assumption of command ceremony held March 8 at McGill Training Center here.

Brig. Gen. Alan Stolte, commander of the 352nd Civil Affairs Command, handed the 354th Civil Affairs Brigade colors Col. Richard S. Smudin. Stolte stated during his remarks that the 354th Civil Affairs Brigade is transitioning into capable hands.

“Rick was not selected to command by chance,” Stolte said. “He was selected because he had challenging assignments and did well with them throughout his military career.”

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