The new May-June edition of Foreign Affairs includes a piece by Steve Flynn. If anyone can claim credit for “resilience” becoming an object of strategy, the former (always?) Coastie and current President of the Center for National Policy is the guy.
In a journal dominated by pieces on the New Arab Revolt, Dr. Flynn’s piece is modestly titled: Recalibrating Homeland Security. The subtitle suggests an idee fixe which I probably share: “Mobilizing American society to prepare for disaster.”
The first sentence grabs the reader’s attention, “The United States has made a mess of homeland security.” That is a critique of US society as much as the US government.
Flynn does not mention PPD-8, but I have to believe he saw a preview copy. The closing section of the essay — The Way Forward — is entirely consistent with the recent directive, highlighting three “tiers” of resilience: Individual, Community, and Commercial.
He also warns that in regard to resilience, “… neither the federal bureaucracy nor the general public appears to be paying much attention.”
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