Responding to Catastrophic Events Consequence Management and Policies

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2013-05-30
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

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Responding to Catastrophic Events brings together the leading scholars and practitioners of consequence management to instruct a new generation in how to respond to both natural disasters and manmade events. Focusing on the relationship of disaster management to national security and the Department of Defense, the contributors cover a range of potential scenarios and addresses the distinct responsibilities of first responders, the Departments of Homeland Security, Defense, and State, and the military. They also point to the importance of having a plan for the media and knowing the legal obstacles and issues that may arise in a disaster situation. Using recent case studies to provide lessons learned for future responses to disasters, Responding to Catastrophic Events is a comprehensive and vital reader for any scholar of public policy, emergency management, or strategic studies.

Author Biography

Jeffrey A. Larsen is president of Larsen Consulting Group and a senior scientist with a major defense contractor in Colorado Springs, CO. He also serves as adjunct professor of international relations at Denver, Northwestern, and Texas A&M universities, and is past president of the International Security and Arms Control section of the American Political Science Association. A retired Air Force Lt Colonel, he was NATO's 2005-06 Manfred Wörner Fellow, and earned his PhD in politics from Princeton University.

Table of Contents


1. Dealing with Disaster; Jeffrey Larsen
2. What Just Happened? Situational Awareness, Threat Characterization and Effective Consequence Management; James Wirtz
3.The Tyranny of Time: The Challenge of First Response; Jerry Barnhill

4. Federal Response: Assisting without Overwhelming; Greg Moser and Garry Briese
5. Homeland Security and Defense; Richard Love
6. Department of Defense Response: The Evolving Mission; Pat Allen Pentland

7. Legal Issues Associated with a Catastrophic Domestic Incident; G. Roderick Gillette
8. Communications: The Critical Function; George Haddow
9. Foreign Consequence Management; Brian Lewis

10. Terror on the Tokyo Subway: Aum Shinrikyo and WMD Consequence Management; Erin Mahan
11. Hurricane Katrina and Consequence Management; Jessica Iannotti
12. Fractured Response: Lessons for WMD Consequence Management from Hurricane Katrina and the 1995 Tokyo Subway Attack; Shane Smith

13. Consequence Management and National Security; Kerry Kartchner

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