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ChairsHSPI's Preparedness, Response, and Resilience Task Force brings together experts from government, academia, and the private and non-profit sectors to consider contemporary policy issues facing the nation's homeland security, first responder, and emergency management communities. To this end, the Task Force convenes sessions with the nation's policymakers and publishes policy papers and reports with actionable policy recommendations for the future.  The Task Force is predicated on the idea that a more nuanced approach to these policy issues can contribute to a greater level of resiliency for all levels of government, the private sector, and the public writ large.

Recent considerations of the Task Force include the meaning of resiliency; the critical junctures that exist between policy and implementation; the nexus between preparedness, response, and resilience; and the future of resiliency as it relates to a diverse and changing operational environment.

Public Health and Emergency Management: Challenges and Opportunities
Task Force Report | June 7, 2012

Public Health and Emergency Management: Challenges and Opportunities
HSPI Event | June 7, 2012

Operationalizing Resilience: A Systems-based Approach Emphasizing Risk Management is Required
Task Force Report | October 13, 2011PDF Logo

Comments on Draft National Preparedness Goal
Task Force Commentary | September 6, 2011PDF Logo

Task Force Interim Report on Resilience
Task Force Report | May 16, 2011PDF Logo

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Presidential Policy Directive-8: National Preparedness
HSPI Event | March 21, 2011

Resilience Task Force Meetings

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Michael Balboni*

Managing Partner, Bluewater International
Former New York State Deputy Secretary for Public Safety
Former New York State Senator

Daniel Kaniewski

Deputy Director, Homeland Security Policy Institute;
Assistant Vice President for Homeland Security, The George Washington University;
Former Special Assistant to the President for Homeland Security, The White House

R. David Paulison**

Former Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency
Former Administrator, U.S. Fire Administration
Former Fire Chief, Miami-Dade County (Florida) Fire Rescue Department


















Raphael Barishansky*

Chief of Public Health Emergency Preparedness, Prince George’s County (MD) Health Department


Alan McCurry**

Former Chief Operating Officer, The American Red Cross

Chris Battle*

Partner, Adfero Group;
Former Chief of Staff, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement


Kirstjen Nielsen*

President, Sunesis Consulting, LLC;
Former Special Assistant to the President for Homeland Security, The White House

Marko Bourne

Principal, Booz Allen Hamilton;
Former Director of Policy and Program Analysis, Federal Emergency Management Agency


John Paczkowski*

Vice President, ICF International;
Former Director, Emergency Management and Security at Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

Carlos Castillo

Senior Advisor, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Washington Federal Practice
Former Assistant Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency
Former Director, Miami-Dade County Office of Emergency Management


Kenneth Rapuano

Director of Advanced Systems & Policy, MITRE;
Former Deputy Assistant to the President, The White House

Sharon Caudle*

Younger-Carter Distinguished Policymaker in Residence, Texas A&M University;
Former Assistant Director, Homeland Security, Government Accountability Office


Peter Roman

President, WIT Consulting, LLC;
Director of Research, Lessons Learned Information Sharing (www.LLIS.gov)

Rich Cooper*

Vice President, Research & Emerging Issues, U.S. Chamber of Commerce National Chamber Foundation;
Principal, Catalyst Partners, LLC


Scott Somers

Vice Mayor, City of Mesa, Arizona; Member, Urban Search and Rescue Arizona Task Force #1

Darrell Darnell*

Senior Associate Vice President for Safety and Security, The George Washington University;
Former Director of Resilience Policy, National Security Staff, The White House;
Former Director, Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency, Washington, DC


Adam Thiel**

Fire Chief, City of Alexandria, Virginia

Harvey Johnson

Vice President, BAE Systems;
Former Deputy Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency;
Vice Admiral, U.S. Coast Guard (Ret.)


David Trulio*

Director, Federal / Civil Programs, Raytheon Company;
Former Special Assistant to the President and Executive Secretary, Homeland Security Council, The White House

Dr. Robert Kadlec

Former Special Assistant to the President , and Senior Director for Biodefense Policy; Former staff director, Senate Subcommittee on Bioterrorism and Public Health Preparedness


Bert Tussing*

Director, Homeland Defense and Security Issues, Center for Strategic Leadership, U.S. Army War College





*Denotes HSPI Senior Fellow, 2010
**Denotes HSPI Steering Committee Member





Task Force Staff

Mike Fucci

ICF Resilience Scholar


Better Emergency Management and Public Health Coordination Coming, Say Officials
Fierce Homeland Security
July 05, 2012

Resilience Needs Must Be Defined, Operationalized, Report Finds
CQ Homeland Security
May 19, 2011

Think Tank Examines Opportunities to Advance National Resilience
Homeland Security Today
May 17, 2011

Task force urges policy makers to ‘operationalize’ the concept of resilience
Government Security News
May 16, 2011