Inside this issue:
The Productive Organization: Survival of the Fittest
Ted Thomas, Kevin Gentzler, and Billy Miller
Mission Command: Small Teams in the U.S. Border Patrol
Robert W. Edwards
A Solution to WMD Proliferation
Michael W. Parrott
A Nation Unprepared: Bioterrorism and Pandemic Response
John B. Foley
Missed Operational… Read More
Retired Ambassador Deborah McCarthy, the 2018 DACOR Visiting Professor of Diplomacy for the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College (CGSC), has expanded her podcast series “The General and the Ambassador: A Conversation.” McCarthy’s podcast promotes interagency cooperation and is produced [...]
The Value of Conceptual Planning During Disasters
by Michael Long
The Army Design Method is a useful tool for understanding poorly structured problems and developing approaches to solving them. It is the most effective methodology for conceptual planning within the military. After a year-long fellowship at the Federal… Read More
Reassessing the Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear Response Enterprise
by Gary D. Mills
We will bankrupt ourselves in the vain search for absolute security.
—Dwight D. Eisenhower
During the last nine months, citizens throughout the world have observed momentous events that have added to a tumultuous global environment. Internationally,… Read More
The response to Hurricane Florence is underway, and according to Air Force General Terrence J. O’Shaughnessey cooperation between local, state, and federal entities has been “outstanding.”
Speaking from the North Carolina operations center, O’Shaughnessey praised the efforts of the Department of Defense (DoD), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and… Read More
According to Department of Defense (DoD) officials, more than 7,000 active duty and National Guard service members are prepared to respond to Hurricane Florence. DoD officials also said that the department is working with civilian agencies and federal partners in support of regions affected by the storm.
U.S. Northern Command… Read More
The Hawaii National Guard and active-duty military personnel, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Baltimore District), Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunters, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are preparing for Hurricane Lane to make landfall.
FEMA has activated its National Response Coordination Center in Washington, DC, and the Hawaii National… Read More
Disaster Response: Lessons Learned from the May 2007 Greensburg Tornado
by Bradley Jenkins
On May 4, 2007, severe weather ravaged the midwest United States, wreaking havoc throughout the state of Kansas. As night fell on Kiowa County, a tornadic supercell developed, creating the conditions for a catastrophic tornado… Read More
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is ending food and water aid to Puerto Rico on January 31.* FEMA has been an integral part of the interagency effort to provide aid to those effected by last year’s devastating hurricane season.
Earlier this week, NPR reported that FEMA “believes the immediate… Read More
Hurricane relief efforts are still underway in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands after the territories were ravaged by Hurricane Maria in September. As of October 30, over 15,000 federal civilian and military personnel are on location in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Federal Emergency… Read More