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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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...
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
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
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