Sofia, The Hague, August 6th, 2015 Statement of Director Colonel R. Been (NLD) on the public release of the CCOE introduction video:
Unknown to the general public, civilian and Military actors interact strongly in mission areas around the world to relief affected people from hardship in crisis situations of any kind. Due to this lack of awareness, I have faced many questions about the nature of Civil-Military Cooperation from various people and organizations ranging from the Military, academia, ministries, IOs and NGOs to media – and even from my own family:
“What is CIMIC?
Why Civil-Military Interaction?
What does it do compared to civilian relief organizations?
What is the role of the CCOE in this field?”
In order to familiarize the general public with CIMIC and CMI, the CCOE has reached out to key civilian relief organizations to produce this brief introduction video about our common effort.