• 100216-N-1008D-086 JOLO, Philippines (Feb. 16, 2010) Dr. Charina Izquierdo-Isahac,  provincial dental coordinator for Sulu's Integrated Provincial Health Office completes a dental screening at a  Medical and Dental Civic Action Project at the Notre Dame of Jolo College in Barangay (community) Bus Bus. U.S. Army Civil Affairs Team 715, assigned to Joint Special Operations Task Force-Philippines joined up with local officials and Armed Forces of the Philippines Joint Task Force Comet to treat more than 450 patients from the underserved Bajau population. Medical missions such as these were one of many Civil Military Operations (CMO) projects evaluated during a one-month Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) Joint Test and Evaluation (JT&E) Program Joint Test at JSOTF-P. U.S. service members and supporting contractors from the JT&E program collected data on how JSOTF-P forces executed their missions using the Joint Civil Information Management developed Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures.  (U.S. Navy photo by Lt.j.g. Theresa Donnelly/Released)

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    100216-N-1008D-086 JOLO, Philippines (Feb. 16, 2010) Dr. Charina Izquierdo-Isahac, provincial dental coordinator for Sulu's Integrated Provincial Health Office completes a dental screening at a Medical and Dental Civic Action Project at the Notre...

  • 100216-N-1008D-021 JOLO, Philippines (Feb. 16, 2010) A nurse from the Armed Forces of the Philippines explains a prescription to a patient during a Medical and Dental Civic Action Project at Notre Dame of Jolo College in Barangay (community) Bus Bus. The medical mission was sponsored by AFP forces and U.S. Army Civil Affairs Team 715 from Joint Special Operations Task Force-Philippines (JSOTF-P). Medical programs such as these are one of the many civil affairs projects evaluated during the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) Joint Test and Evaluation (JT&E) Program Joint Test. U.S. service members and supporting contractors from the JT&E program spent one month at JSOTF-P collecting data on how forces executed their missions using the Joint Civil Information Management developed Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures.  (U.S. Navy photo by Lt.j.g. Theresa Donnelly/Released)

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    100216-N-1008D-021 JOLO, Philippines (Feb. 16, 2010) A nurse from the Armed Forces of the Philippines explains a prescription to a patient during a Medical and Dental Civic Action Project at Notre Dame of Jolo College in Barangay (community) Bus Bus...

  • 100216-N-1008D-012 JOLO, Philippines  (Feb. 16, 2010) A local doctor listens to the breathing of a young boy at a Medical and Dental Civic Action Project at Notre Dame of Jolo College in Barangay (community) Bus Bus. U.S. Army Civil Affairs Team 715 from Joint Special Operations Task Force-Philippines took part in planning the medical mission, which resulted in the treatment of more than 450 patients.  Medical programs such as these are one of the many projects evaluated during the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) Joint Test and Evaluation (JT&E) Program Joint Test. For one month, six Army Soldiers from the 95th Civil Affairs Brigade, headquartered at Fort Bragg, N.C. traveled to Basilan, Cotabato, Marawi and Sulu collecting data on how JSOTF-P forces executed their missions using the Joint Civil Information Management developed Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures.   (U.S. Navy photo by Lt.j.g. Theresa Donnelly/Released)

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    100216-N-1008D-012 JOLO, Philippines (Feb. 16, 2010) A local doctor listens to the breathing of a young boy at a Medical and Dental Civic Action Project at Notre Dame of Jolo College in Barangay (community) Bus Bus. U.S. Army Civil Affairs Team 715...

ZAMBOANGA, Philippines- U.S. service members and supporting contractors from the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) Joint Test and Evaluation (JT&E) Program selected the Joint Special Operations Task Force-Philippines (JSOTF-P) as the location for a 30-day field test of newly developed civil information management procedures Jan. 15-Feb. 15.

The Joint Test (JT) began at Camp Navarro in Zamboanga, Philippines. As with all of the OSD's JT&E projects, the driving force of this JT was finding ways to improve joint mission capabilities for the war fighter.

The Joint Civil Information Management (J-CIM) JT project was established in Aug. 2008 with sponsorship by the U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM).

The project is largely driven by the Army civil affairs community's recognition of the need to standardize civil information collection, consolidation and sharing among military agencies, inter-agency organizations, international groups and Non-Government Organizations (NGO).

The J-CIM JT test developed Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures (TTP) for civil information management will help achieve unity of effort and a whole-of-government approach to challenges teams face while performing their duties.

"This program is about elements on the ground collecting physical data about the civil domain meaning infrastructure or economic development. This is the first step in trying to standardize how we collect assessment data, so the right people can get the right information at the right time," said Army Col. Donald Jackson, J-CIM JT director.

"Additionally this program is not just a military-centric operation. For example, here it is about empowering and supporting the Philippines and the Philippine government and working with non-military agencies that are supporting this theater," he said.

Jackson also said that for military commanders to understand the ground operation they need to be able to paint a picture of the environment and civil information helps them to do that. He also explained that this is not just limited to the Army Civil Affairs Teams, but that all branches of service, U.S. government agencies and NGOs can use civil information to make decisions about the needs of a particular area.

Other examples of the data teams may want to gather include demographics of a particular region, the number of elementary schools, key community leaders or how many engineering projects have been completed in a particular barangay (community).

The eventual outcome is to develop standardized data-collection, consolidation and sharing procedures which can be accessed via an unclassified database. Currently, civil information is stored in several locations, varying formats and often cannot be shared with different government agencies. Additionally, much of this open-source information is only available on government secret computers.

Creating a centralized mechanism for all key stakeholders to obtain agreed-upon information can help commanders plan infrastructure projects, medical and veterinarian missions and examine best practices.

The J-CIM JT team was accompanied by six Army Soldiers from the 95th Civil Affairs Brigade, headquartered at Fort Bragg, N.C. The team traveled to Basilan, Cotabato, Marawi and Sulu, collecting data on how the JSOTF-P forces executed their missions using the J-CIM developed TTPs.

Although JSOTF-P was the platform for the J-CIM program, the TTPs used in this program will be used by all services and government agencies such as United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and others that are operating within a joint military environment.

In fact, USAID signed an Administrative and Procedural Agreement on Dec. 15, signifying the partnership to develop best practices in recording information on humanitarian construction projects. Additionally, this is the first time an inter-agency has been on a charter for a joint test.

For the teams on the ground here, going through the evaluation process gives the civil affairs team encouragement that this way of consolidating agreed-upon information will greatly enhance their capabilities to effectively carry out the mission.

"This has been a great way for us to develop a way forward for all the agencies that we work with," said Army Staff Sgt. Jason Duffield. "Having a hand in that process was actually kind of cool, and I can really see how this will enhance what we do here."

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