Civil-Military Cooperation

The Navy is in the midst of running a sea-borne aid mission to several Central and South American countries. One facet underscores a point Defense Secretary Robert Gates has been trying to make:

While “Joint ops” is all the rage in military circles these days, Continuing Promise takes the concept one step further, embedding civilians from Operation Hope and Project Smile among the multinational stable of military surgeons, dentists, nurses, optometrists, veterinarians, engineers and Seabees from Canada, Brazil, the Netherlands, and the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard. 

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