Hurricane Florence’s Big Test of Support

| Todd Rosenblum
Todd Rosenblum
Former Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense and Americas' Security Affairs

The deluge known as Hurricane Florence has once again challenged the nation’s readiness to respond effectively to large-scale natural disasters in the homeland.  Effective responses save lives and enhance national resiliency.  They are an important deterrent to state and non-state actors, all of whom constantly evaluate whether there is space to make mischief and undermine public confidence in governing institutions during periods of response.  Good response is good national security.

The federal government has a plan known as the National Response Framework for responding to catastrophes at home.  The plan gives primacy to Governors to plan, resource and respond to events that take place in their States.

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The Author is Todd Rosenblum

Todd M. Rosenblum served as President Obama’s Acting Assistant Secretary and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense and Americas’ Security Affairs at the Pentagon, as well as Deputy Under Secretary of Intelligence for Plans, Policy, and Performance Management at the Department of Homeland Security. Over the course of a 27-year career, Rosenblum held positions with the Senate Intelligence Committee, the Department of State, and began his... Read More

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