Public Health


National Strategy for the COVID-19 Response and Pandemic Preparedness released



National Strategy for the COVID-19 Response and Pandemic Preparedness released
On January 21, after designating the ongoing pandemic a top priority for the new Biden Administration, the White House released the National Strategy for the COVID-19 Response and Pandemic Preparedness. The new strategy lays out seven primary goals for COVID-19 response and pandemic preparedness: Restore trust with the American people.… Read More

FEMA releases initial COVID-19 assessment



FEMA releases initial COVID-19 assessment
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) released their initial assessment report on the U.S. response to the COVID-19 pandemic earlier this month. The report evaluates FEMA’s COVID-19 response operations during the time period of January 2020 through September 2020. According to FEMA Administrator Pete Gaynor, at the time of the… Read More

HHS, DoD release COVID-19 vaccine distribution strategy



HHS, DoD release COVID-19 vaccine distribution strategy
On Wednesday, September 16, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Department of Defense (DoD) released two documents outlining the Trump Administration’s COVID-19 vaccine distribution strategy. The documents were developed by HHS in coordination with DoD and the Centers of Disease Control (CDC). The vaccine distribution plan… Read More

“The General and the Ambassador” weigh in on Ebola



“The General and the Ambassador” weigh in on Ebola
A new episode of “The General and the Ambassador: A Conversation” dropped on April 21. In this episode, Ambassador (retired) Deborah McCarthy interviews General Gary Volesky and Ambassador Deborah Malac on the part they played in the response to the Ebola epidemic in Liberia. Together McCarthy and her guests examine… Read More

Senators propose Global Health Security Interagency Review Council



Senators propose Global Health Security Interagency Review Council

On April 10, Republican Senator Mitt Romney and Democrat Chris Murphy introduced a bill establishing a Global Health Security Interagency Review Council. Similar legislation passed the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee in March. Romney and Murphy's bill reaffirms the country's commitment to global health amid the coronavirus crisis.

Throwback Thursday: State Surgeon Speaks on Modern Epidemics



Throwback Thursday: State Surgeon Speaks on Modern Epidemics

TBT: Dr. Lee A. Norman, the State Surgeon of Kansas, presented a lecture entitled “Modern Epidemics: Why they occur and why we should worry!” on Monday, April 23, 2018. Dr. Norman spoke about public health issues facing the world at the time, as well as concerns for potential epidemics and pandemics.

Featured Article: Bioterrorism and Pandemic Response



Featured Article: Bioterrorism and Pandemic Response

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...

HHS, DOD coordinate airlift of COVID-19 supplies to the Americas



HHS, DOD coordinate airlift of COVID-19 supplies to the Americas
The U.S. Departments of Defense (DoD) and Health and Human Services (HHS) recently coordinated an emergency airlift of COVID-19 diagnostic testing supplies to the Americas. Agencies involved in the airlift include DoD’s  Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) and HHS’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the office of the Assistant… Read More

InterAgency Journal 11-1



InterAgency Journal 11-1
Inside this issue: Features 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

News You Can Use: 03/15/19



News You Can Use: 03/15/19
National Security Trump’s Budget Harms National Security, The Atlantic Acting SecDef: ‘We Won’t Do Cost-Plus-50’, Defense One Pentagon: Trump’s ‘cost plus 50’ plan hasn’t been discussed with Europe, The Hill Trump Seeks ‘Historic’ Federal Spending Cuts to Boost Defense and Border Wall, Government Executive Pentagon officially stands up Space Development… Read More