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October 1, 2008

Resilience as Viewed by the Congress, Presidential Campaigns & the Private Sector

Filed under: Risk Assessment,Strategy — by Jonah Czerwinski on October 1, 2008

Today the Reform Institute hosts a forum on Resilience in Homeland Security Policy: Congress, Presidential Campaigns & the Private Sector with the following discussants:

Robert W. Kelly, Senior Advisor, Homeland and National Security Center of the Reform Institute, Managing Partner, CenTauri Solutions, LLC
P.J. Crowley, representing the Obama campaign
Lee Carosi Dunn, representative from the McCain campaign, TBD
Mike Beland, House Committee on Homeland Security, Democratic Staff
Sterling Marchand, House Committee on Homeland Security, Republican Staff
Rob Strayer, Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, Republican Staff
Jason Yanussi, Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, Democratic Staff
Mary Arnold, Vice President, Government Relations, SAP America
Michael Hickey, Vice President – Government Affairs, National Security Policy, Verizon
Timothy Farrell, Sr. Vice President, Business Continuity Manager – Corporate, Bank of America

The Reform Institute also is using this event to introduce a new report on the subject, entitled “Building a Resilient Nation: Enhancing Security, Ensuring a Strong Economy.” The next Administration and Congress have an opportunity to refocus homeland security policy toward resilience and risk-informed investment strategies at its core. The Reform Institute writers argue that the resilience piece can be accomplished through a strategy that encompasses preparedness, protection, response, and recovery.

This panel event and report follow a growing chorus of policy experts calling for a change in strategy that seeks to balance the prevention-protection-response framework with an approach that proactively develops the governance, technology, and human capital necessary to weather an attack or disaster in such a way that not only limits damage, but also restarts the system to return to the pre-incident state as quickly as possible. Given how interdependent today’s economy and society are, this is a necessity.

For more on resilience, see this report from IBM, this post on a series of Congressional hearings on resilience, and attend today’s panel if possible:

Resilience in Homeland Security Policy: Congress, Presidential Campaigns & the Private Sector Wednesday, October 1, 2008
10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
The Phoenix Park Hotel, Ballroom
520 N. Capitol Street, NW, Washington, DC

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1 Comment »

Comment by William R. Cumming

October 3, 2008 @ 5:51 am

Sounds like a great forum and sound approach. Is there documentation as to why the previous approach failed to achieve its goals, or just failed period?

That might be an interesting document. By the way the first real use post 9/11 is in a CSIS report prepared by AMANDA DORY entitled “Civil Security” and its findings still seem relevant half a decade later.

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