Resiliency is Serious Business

Recently CQ Homeland Security did a wrap-up story on the House Homeland Security Committee’s series of hearings on the topic of “resiliency.” The hearings were an effort by the Committee’s Chairman, Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS), to highlight the serious economic effects that we create when we focus exclusively on the “detect-prevent” side of homeland security and short-change the “respond-recover” aspect. One comment in the story in particular is noteworthy.

Another DHS Re-organization? Not a Good Idea

A significant reorganization like the one proposed by Elaine Kamarck at Harvard would effectively set back FEMA two to four years in terms of defining lanes of responsibility and building the relationships that make an organization work. It is an rearrangement that might look good on the white board of a classroom or a Power Point slide, but it is a rearrangement the nation can’t afford.