This article examines the multiple partnerships that were formed during the planning and training deployment of a team comprised of a sailor, Special Operations Forces (SOF) soldiers, Marines, Department of State resourcers, a civilian demining organization, and U.S. Central Command (USCENTCOM) planners. Several of the first-time partnerships discussed could be applicable to future Humanitarian Demining (HD) programs. A fundamental lesson is that the organizational parameters of selected U.S. government HD operations require flexibility, and may need to be dismembered and recombined to successfully accomplish a program's goals. Equally important, thesecooperative efforts resulted in significant cost savings to U.S. taxpayers without degrading U.S. HD aid to Djibouti.
Childress, Alan and Zajac, Matt
"Tailoring Partnerships for Success: Experiences from the Djiboutian Humanitarian Demining Program,"
Journal of Mine Action
: Vol. 6
, Article 4.
Available at: https://commons.lib.jmu.edu/cisr-journal/vol6/iss2/4