Cyclone preparedness and response: an analysis of lessons identified using an adapted military planning framework


Peter Tatham, Senior Lecturer, Department of International Business and Asian Studies, Griffithi University, Gold Coast Campus, QLD 4222, Australia. Telephone: +61 (0) 7 555 28490; fax: +61 (0) 7 555 29206; e-mail:


The United Kingdom uses the Defence Lines of Development (DLOD) framework to analyse and understand the key components and costs of a military capability. Rooted in the Resource Based View (RBV) of a firm, an adapted DLOD approach is employed to explore, analyse and discuss the preparedness, planning and response strategies of two markedly different countries (Australia and Bangladesh) when faced with a major cyclone event of a comparable size. Given the numerous similarities in the challenges facing military forces in a complex emergency and humanitarian agencies in a natural disaster, the paper demonstrates the applicability of the DLOD framework as an analysis and planning tool in the cyclone preparedness planning and response phases, and more broadly within the disaster management area. In addition, the paper highlights the benefit to disaster managers, policymakers and researchers of exploiting comparative cross-learning opportunities from disaster events, drawn from different sectors and countries.