Disaster Response


FEMA reports on progress after Katrina



FEMA reports on progress after Katrina
This August marks the tenth anniversary of the catastrophic 2005 Atlantic hurricane season that devastated the gulf coast region. On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina made landfall, followed shortly by Hurricanes Rita and Wilma in September and October. Ten years into the recovery and rebuilding efforts, the Federal Emergency Management… Read More

When is an emergency an emergency?



When is an emergency an emergency?
Ever heard of the Gold King Mine or the Animus River in Colorado? Well by now most Americans have. On August 5, 2015, a week ago today, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was conducting an investigation of the long-closed mine to determine how to stop the slow release of contaminated… Read More

IAP 16W (June 2015) Losing Lessons at the Water’s Edge



IAP 16W (June 2015) Losing Lessons at the Water’s Edge
by Benjamin Cabana Interagency coordination for complex contingency operations is an extremely difficult challenge. Bringing together the various tools of American power in a holistic manner is widely recognized as a serious roadblock to successful stabilization and reconstruction operations. Defense, development, and diplomacy are all required for a successful stability… Read More

Continued assistance provided to Nepal



Continued assistance provided to Nepal

The U.S. continues to provide assistance in disaster relief efforts in Nepal after multiple earthquakes. The 7.8 earthquake and 7.3 magnitude aftershock have claimed over 8,000 lives and injured nearly 18,000 people...

IAE 15-02W U.S. Military Sustainment Assistance Following North Korean Regime Collapse



IAE 15-02W U.S. Military Sustainment Assistance Following North Korean Regime Collapse
InterAgency Essay 15-02W, March 2015 by Edward K. Woo This essay examines the combined response efforts that would be required of the U.S. military, U.S. government, nongovernmental organizations, and international partners in the event of regime collapse in North Korea. The author focuses on the humanitarian and stabilization aspects of… Read More

InterAgency Journal 6-1 (Winter 2015)



InterAgency Journal 6-1 (Winter 2015)

Inside this issue: Afghanistan Army Development: What Went Wrong, Tommy J. Tracy; The Looming Crisis in Afghan Local Government, Daniel R. Green; Interagency Challenges to Mitigating Threats and Safeguarding Liberties, Harry Phillips… and much more.

GAO recommends greater collaboration in emergencies



GAO recommends greater collaboration in emergencies

In December 2014, the Government Accountability Office released a report analyzing current strategies to prepare for no-notice catastrophic emergencies that assesses federal interagency emergency support function preparedness...

USAID leads, DoD supports U.S. Ebola response



USAID leads, DoD supports U.S. Ebola response

In the past two weeks the U.S. government has made several announcements outlining whole-of-government response to the Ebola outbreak in Africa. USAID is the lead agency in the effort, with support from DoD and other agencies and organizations...