Tag: ebola

In 2001, senior U.S. policymakers converged to participate in the still famous Dark Winter exercise. The exercise contemplated a covert, bioterrorist attack against the U.S… However, a decade and a half later, as the nation faced the 2014–2016 Ebola crisis, assessments of the U.S. government response led to a sobering conclusion: The U.S. still has not learned the lessons of Dark Winter…

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In a new interview, Wade Warren, former acting U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator, discussed his 27 years at USAID. Current Administrator Mark Green spoke at Warren’s farewell, calling Warren a “walking encyclopedia of the agency, and crediting Warren with helping him understand USAID and its challenges. During the interview, Warren discussed his proudest accomplishments and […]

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Rear Admiral R. Timothy Ziemer has left the National Security Council (NSC) and the global health security team he oversaw has been disbanded. Ziemer, described as “one of the most quietly effective leaders in public health,” was the Trump administration’s senior director for global health security and biodefense at the NSC, and he will not be […]

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Featured article: Application of the Ethical Triangle in the 2014 Ebola Epidemic: A Case Study by Katie Martinez and Marcos Martinez Since 1976 there have been 25 Ebola outbreaks reported worldwide. Eight of these outbreaks occurred in the West Africa region. Although recent drug research shows promising results, there are no approved vaccines or known […]

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Featured article: A Nation Unprepared: Bioterrorism and Pandemic Response by John B. Foley In 2001, senior U.S. policymakers converged to participate in the still famous Dark Winter exercise. The exercise contemplated a covert, bioterrorist attack against the U.S. The scenario began with simultaneous attacks, involving smallpox, on shopping malls in 3 separate states, resulting in […]

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Dr. Jerry Jaax, Colonel (Ret.), U.S. Army Veterinarian Corps, and former Kansas State University Associate Vice Provost for Research Compliance, visited Fort Leavenworth on 1 May as part of the Simons Center’s Interagency Speaker Series. Jaax is a world renowned expert in the field of pandemic infectious disease control, serving 26 years with the U.S. Army Veterinary […]

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Career Minister Dr. Dirk Dijkerman recently visited Fort Leavenworth as part of a Simons Center special speakers program. Dijkerman is a retired U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Career Minister with a vast amount of experience in the agency, most notably serving as the Executive Coordinator for the U.S. Ebola Task Force in 2014-2015. While at Fort Leavenworth, […]

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Featured article: Before the Next Outbreak: Prepare for Everything Together by Jeremy Hershfield, Conrad Wilmoski and Kelly Meister Pandemic diseases are one of the top security threats to the U.S. Naturally, the prospect of a highly contagious disease incapacitating and/or killing large numbers of U.S. citizens is a vitally important concern to policymakers. Therefore, in keeping with […]

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Featured article: Synchronizing America’s Humanitarian Strategy in the Wake of Operation United Assistance by Megan McWilliams, Daniel Wiggins and Matthew Wunderlich In 2014, the U.S. led the global response to the escalating Ebola pandemic in West Africa. The crisis spurred numerous interagency, multinational, and intergovernmental entities to unite and provide foreign humanitarian assistance (FHA) through […]

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