Preparedness, Response, & Resilience Congressional Testimonies Archive

The Future of Homeland Security: Evolving and Emerging Threats (PDF)

July 11, 2012

Al Qaeda’s Senior Leadership is back on their heels; key leaders have met their demise including Usama Bin Laden and Anwar al-Awlaki. Nevertheless, the ideology that Bin Laden and others, such as the culturally fluent American-born extremist and self-styled cleric al-Awlaki, have propounded lives on. This ideology is the lifeblood that continues to sustain the vitality and growth of the global jihadist movement.

Post Katrina Emergency Management Reform Act of 2006 Implementation: An Examination of FEMA's Preparedness and Response Mission (PDF)

March 17, 2009

Preparedness at all levels of government prior to an incident is important because any one broken “link” in the response “chain” imperils the national response system. When the system fails, as it did during Hurricane Katrina, the responsibility of managing the incident falls solely to those near the incident site – usually the first responders.

Bioterrorism and Pandemic Influenza: Are We Prepared? (PDF)

May 23, 2006

Neither bioterrorism nor pandemic influenza is a challenge for the federal government alone. It is at the state and local level that the rubber will truly meet the road, and it would be folly to try to micromanage these matters from Washington. What federal leaders can and should offer, however, is clear guidance to their partners at the tip of the spear, including hospitals and healthcare providers.

Hurricane Katrina: Recommendations for Reform (PDF)

March 08, 2006

What was primarily a focus on preventing and preparing for terrorism has given way to an equally intense focus on catastrophic natural disasters. While perfectly understandable, this is an unbalanced stance and, therefore, an unstable one. What must be done at this time is to rebalance the scales, and foster a culture of preparedness that is truly all hazards and risk-based in nature.

Protecting American Interests Abroad: U.S. Citizens, Businesses, and Non-Governmental Organizations (PDF)

April 03, 2001

This is an under-examined and often under-appreciated aspect of the security threats posed to non-official American interests overseas. Yet, it is only with the understanding that the threat to non-official Americans overseas is growing that we can begin to integrate the private sector into our overall antiterrorism and counterterrorism framework.