I’m a firm believer that professionals need to keep current on trends and major discussions in their field of practice. Homeland security and emergency management are no different, which is why I spend a great deal of time reading – books, blogs, newsletters, etc. A book I finished in recent months was Next-Generation Homeland Security … Continue reading Book Review – Next-Generation Homeland Security by John Fass Morton
I’ll admit that I’m often dismissive of information, especially in the field of emergency management and homeland security, if it’s over 10 years old. There is a lot that’s changed in the past 10 years, after all. But, realistically, for as much as we’ve changed, things have stayed the same. Arguably, the first decade of … Continue reading Learning From a 10-Year-Old Report
There it is. I said it. Before you unleash the hounds, hear me out. A bit of background: As another grad course at American Military University was coming to a close last month I was racking my brain over the theme of my term paper. In one of our final assignments I was dissecting NIMS … Continue reading Incident Command System Training Sucks
Heritage.org recently published a piece outlining the top four homeland security priorities for the next administration, which can be found here. It’s a thought provoking article that certainly identifies some important issues. In the same spirit, I’d like to offer what I think are the emergency management priorities for the next administration. 1) Support an … Continue reading 7 Emergency Management Priorities for the Next Administration
Yesterday the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report titled Federal Emergency Management Agency: Strengthening Regional Coordination Could Enhance Preparedness Efforts. I’ve been waiting for a while for the release of this report as I am proud to have been interviewed for it as a subject matter expert. It’s the second GAO report on … Continue reading Failed Attempts to Measure NIMS Compliance – How can we get it right?
Innovation. It seems to be what everyone clamors for. In emergency management we see people striving for it across the board: in government and in education we try to build the better emergency management mouse trap. We establish think tanks to find new solutions and the private sector looks for better ways to protect their investments. But … Continue reading What’s the (next) Big Idea in Emergency Management?