Security Debrief contributor and Catalyst Partners Principal Rich Cooper will participate as a panelist at the Heritage Foundation’s forum titled, “In or Out: Why FEMA Should Remain under DHS Leadership.” The discussion will focus on some of the reasons FEMA should continue to be a part of the Department of Homeland Security, despite recent calls for its removal. Specifically, the panelists will examine FEMA’s recent work in response to Hurricanes Gustav and Ike, as well as the Midwest floods.
Cooper, who previously worked in the DHS Private Sector Office and at NASA and has blogged about the topic, will be speaking alongside of Gerald Epstein, Senior Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and Michael Wermuth, Director of the Homeland Security Program at RAND Corp.
The panel will be held this Thursday, December 4, from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm at the Heritage Foundation’s Lehrman Auditorium (214 Massachusetts Avenue, NE, Washington DC). The event is open to the public.