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A Systems-based Approach Emphasizing Risk Management is Required

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October 13, 2011

Preparedness, Response, and Resilience Task Force

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Today, The George Washington University Homeland Security Policy Institute (HSPI) Preparedness, Response, and Resilience Task Force released the latest in its series of reports on resilience policy.  The report, entitled “Operationalizing Resilience,” calls on policymakers to implement a systems-based approach that emphasizes risk management practices as a unifying theme for resilience policy.

“As a country, we correctly continue to advance the notion of a whole community, all-of-nation approach to addressing natural and man-made disasters,” said Task Force co-chair and former Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency R. David Paulison.  “As we look to operationalize the concept of national resilience, the Task Force believes that we should apply systems-thinking and risk management as underpinnings of the homeland security enterprise writ large.”


The report is released as the Department of Homeland Security is working with public, private, and non-profit sector partners to implement Presidential Policy Directive 8 (PPD-8), National Preparedness.  “Given the hard work being done to develop the National Preparedness System called for by PPD-8, we felt that now was an appropriate time to offer recommendations to policymakers that will help to ensure an integrated approach to the policy now being implemented,” said Michael Balboni, Task Force co-chair and former New York State Deputy Secretary for Public Safety.

The Task Force offers several recommendations in the report, all of which seek to promote enhanced unity of effort between the homeland security enterprise and public writ large.  “Our hope is that policymakers will take our recommendations to heart as they look to advance resilience policy to the next level,” said Daniel Kaniewski, Task Force co-chair and Deputy Director of HSPI.  “The Task Force looks forward to continuing its efforts in the months ahead.”

The report was released at an HSPI/MITRE Corporation event “Systems Approaches to Improving National Resilience” held this morning in McLean, Virginia.

HSPI Preparedness, Response & Resilience Task Force Publications

Task Force Comments on the Draft National Preparedness Goal
HSPI Preparedness, Response, and Resilience Task Force
September 6, 2011

Interim Report on Resilience
HSPI Preparedness, Response, and Resilience Task Force
May 16, 2011

HSPI Preparedness, Response & Resilience Related Events

Systems Approaches to Improving National Resilience

HSPI/ MITRE Event | October 13, 2011

Presidential Policy Directive-8: National Preparedness

HSPI Event | March 21, 2011

HSPI Preparedness, Response & Resilience in the News

The Gordian Knot of Disaster Funding
Security Debrief
September 26, 2011

What Happens if FEMA Runs Out of Money
September 23, 2011

About HSPI's Preparedness, Response & Resilience Task Force

HSPI's Preparedness, Response & 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.

Founded in 2003, The George Washington University Homeland Security Policy Institute (HSPI) is a nonpartisan think and do tank whose mission is to build bridges between theory and practice to advance homeland security through an interdisciplinary approach. By convening domestic and international policymakers and practitioners at all levels of government, the private and non-profit sectors, and academia, HSPI creates innovative strategies and solutions to current and future threats to the nation.