Forward Operating Bases (FOB)

The ISSG NGO recognizes that coordinating the response to a disaster requires that every team is pulling together and cooperates to best effect. As the UN On-Site Operations Coordination Center (OSOCC) of the OCHA plays a critical role by coordinating and focussing activity, the FOB provides the means to turn those decisions into quick and timely operational capacity.

The FOB provides two main capacities in support of the OSOCC.

First, it provides the in the command and control infrastructure (ranging from workspaces to communications) that is needed to identify and communicate needs and gain commitments of support. It also provides a focal point for those activities back to the air lift capability coordinated by the NGO—part of the ability to reduce the administrative costs of the mission and keep supplies moving to where they are needed efficiently.

Second, it provides critical support to the OSOCC efforts. The FOB capacity is based on significant research into what could have been done better on past missions. It also provides the OSOCC with certain key resources—such as bridging equipment and heavy equipment—that allow main supply routes to be re-established and other similar kinds of activity. This capacity can be the difference between efforts taking days or taking weeks—time that is often not available without significant costs in terms of human suffering.

The FOB provides a pivot point that the OSOCC can use to translate its decisions into decisive action.


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