April 21, 2014

Is PPD-8 Re-Creating the Wheel in Terms of Preparedness Policy?

Earlier this month this website published a posting regarding the April 8th release of the Obama Administration’s Presidential Policy Directive-8 (PPD-8), and if you are on a committee or team in your organization which is evaluating or in fact implementing a preparedness directive such as a PS-Prep program; a workforce resilience study, or a business continuity plan to meet supply chain requirements, then adding this PPD-8 as a reference reading resource might be a good idea.

If you have already done that or perhaps already read this PPD-8 directive, we would be very interested in hearing your feedback or comments about it.

To hopefully start that process, our staff points you to a comments shared in a recent critique of PPD-8 that was posted on the Heritage Foundation website.  This article was written by Jena Baker McNeill and Matt Mayer, and basically states “…While the directive’s emphasis on capabilities-based planning is appropriate and should be applauded, its dismissal of key national preparedness guidance and plans is puzzling. Instead of recognizing what has and has not been accomplished since the last major preparedness directive was issued, the directive reads as though the past seven years never happened.”

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was created to be the lead integrator of national preparedness efforts and meant to incorporate those capabilities into a national system grounded in the principles of federalism. This national system is to be capable of preventing, protecting, responding to, and recovering from attacks on the homeland and established in a way that spends taxpayer dollars wisely and effectively.  Will PPD-8 be able to withstand these tests and deliver the protection it was meant to deliver?

Read more of the McNeill/Mayer article …and please share your comments and suggestions of other written responses and critiques of this latest Obama Administration’s Presidential Policy Directive–8.

Click here to view the full PPD-8 document.

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