Emergency Preparedness: Issues for the Year 2000 and Beyond
Research rept. Aug 1990-Apr 1991
INDUSTRIAL COLL OF THE ARMED FORCES WASHINGTON DC
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This paper examines issues that will influence and direct the future course of emergency preparedness programs. Although the issues reviewed here will affect all preparedness programs, this paper specifically focuses on civil preparedness. A historical perspective of civil preparedness is provided. Geopolitical events that contributed to the programs development evolution are reviewed. Within this historical context, public and legislative attitudes are reviewed and their relevance to todays program is established. The paper outlines other current attitudes and trends that must be addressed and managed if the program is to survive and be a credible component in our national security strategy. Specific issues and trends that are analyzed include geopolitical changes, resource considerations, and workforce trends. Finally, the paper provides short and long term recommendations that should be considered in managing these trends and re-shaping opinions and attitudes within both the legislative and executive branches of government. These recommendations include establishing strategic planning systems, training and continuing the education of the workforce, and changing the culture within our emergency preparedness organizations by establishing-new flexible employee relationships in conjunction with innovative organizational structures. It is argued that such changes will result in a new breed of worker free thinking, innovative and more capable of dealing with the challenges that lie ahead.
- Government and Political Science
- Civil Defense
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics