32 CFR 842.70 - Definitions.
The following are general definitions. See the relevant international agreement for the specific meaning of a term to use with a specific claim.
(a) Civilian component. Civilian personnel accompanying a force of a contracting party, who are employed by that force. Indigenous employees, contractor employees, or members of the American Red Cross are not a part of the civilian component unless specifically included in the agreement.
(b) Contracting party. A nation signing the governing agreement.
(c) Force. Personnel belonging to the land, sea, or air armed services of one contracting party when in the territory of another contracting party in connection with their official duties.
(d) Legally responsible. A term of art providing for settlement of claims under cost sharing international agreements consistent with the law of the receiving State. Often these claims are caused by local inhabitant employees, not part of the civilian component, under a respondeat superior theory.
(e) Receiving state. The country where the force or civilian component of another party is located.
(f) Sending state. The country sending the force or civilian component to the receiving State.
(g) Third parties. Those other than members of the force and civilian component of the sending or receiving States. Dependents, tourists, and other noninhabitants of a foreign country are third parties unless the agreement specifically excludes them.