Interagency and International Services Program

The Interagency and International Services Program has the mission of providing reimbursable technical assistance to other federal agencies, state and local governments, private U.S. firms, international organizations and foreign governments. A written agreement between the Corps and these organizations is required to transfer a technical mission to the Corps. The IIS program falls under the Economy Act (31 U.S.C. 1535), Intergovernmental Cooperation Act, and 10 U.S.C. 3036(d). The programs listed below fall under the Interagency and International Services Program.

Commander's Emergency Response Program

The Commander's Emergency Response Program (CERP) enables local commanders in Afghanistan and Iraq to respond with a nonlethal weapon to urgent, small-scale, humanitarian relief, and reconstruction projects and services that immediately assist the indigenous population and that the local population or government can sustain.

The Department of Defense defines urgent as any chronic or acute inadequacy of an essential good or service that in the judgment of the local commander calls for immediate action. Prior coordination with community leaders increases goodwill.

With most small-scale projects of less than $500,000, CERP is a quick and effective method that provides an immediate, positive impact on the local population while other larger reconstruction projects are still getting off the ground.

Denali Commission

The Denali Commission was created by Congress in 1998 to coordinate the services of the federal government and help bring critical infrastructure to Alaska’s rural communities. The commission’s waterfront development program addresses ports, harbors and other waterfront needs with a focus on improvements to regional ports and construction of barge landing and docking facilities.

Project execution is a collaborative effort between the commission and the Alaska District. These projects complement our Civil Works mission and are vital to improving the quality of life in rural Alaska. Projects have consisted of studies, designs and construction activities.

One of the key projects is the design and construction of moorings points at priority sites that were identified in the Barge Landing System Design Report of January 2009. The commission partnered with the Alaska District to prepare this report, which included an analysis of barge mooring and fuel/freight transfer needs at Alaska’s coastal and riverine communities.

Environmental Support for Others

Under Environmental Support for Others, the Alaska District is executing environmental projects throughout Alaska on behalf of the U.S. Coast Guard, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, Federal Aviation Administration and Department of Energy. Previous IIS customers are the U.S. Forest Service and the National Park Service. To speak to someone in the Environmental Support for Others Program, contact 907-753-2557.

Foreign Military Sales

The Foreign Military Sales program is the government-to-government method for selling U.S. defense equipment, services, and training.  Responsible arms sales further national security and foreign policy objectives by strengthening bilateral defense relations, supporting coalition building, and enhancing interoperability between U.S. forces and militaries of friends and allies. 

These sales also contribute to American prosperity by improving the U.S. balance of trade position, sustaining highly skilled jobs in the defense industrial base, and extending production lines and lowering unit costs for key weapon systems.

The Alaska District's current role in this program is in the $150 million design and construction of C-17 aircraft beddown infrastructure facilities for the Indian Air Force.

Global Peace Operations Initiative

The Global Peace Operations Initiative (GPOI) is a U.S. government-funded security assistance program intended to enhance international capacity to effectively conduct United Nations and regional peace support operations (PSOs) by building partner country capabilities to train and sustain peacekeeping proficiencies; increasing the number of capable military troops and formed police units (FPUs) available for deployment; and facilitating the preparation, logistical support, and deployment of military units and FPUs to PSOs.

The Alaska District is helping by managing construction of projects in Mongolia and Bangladesh to renovate and expand facilities that help train host-nation peacekeeping forces.

Humanitarian Assistance

Since 2009, the Alaska District has taken on humanitarian assistance projects, such as schools and medical clinics, for the U.S. Pacific Command, which is responsible for providing humanitarian assistance to 36 countries across the Asian-Pacific region.

The Humanitarian Assistance Program was established by the U.S. government in 1986 to assure support to selected friendly nations and allies, and provide basic humanitarian aid and services to populations in need. Goals of the Department of Defense and combatant commanders, such as the Pacific Command, are to help avoid political and humanitarian crises, promote democratic development and regional stability, and enable countries to begin to recover from past conflicts. In noncrisis peacetime settings, the program supports combatant commanders by providing access to and fostering goodwill for the U.S. military.

U.S. Agency for International Development

The U.S. Agency for International Development carries out U.S. foreign policy by promoting broad-scale human progress at the same time it expands stable, free societies, creates markets and trade partners for the United States, and fosters good will abroad.

The Alaska District is assisting the agency by managing the construction of multipurpose cyclone shelters in Bangladesh.


Contact Us

Environmental and Special Projects Branch Chief  907-753-5781

Foreign Military Sales Program  907-753-2884

Global Peace Operations Initiative Program  907-753-2781

Humanitarian Assistance Program  907-753-2781

U.S. Agency for International Development Program 907-753-2781

Environmental Support for Others 907-753-2557