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From 9/11 to Katrina: Opportunities for Civil-Military Collaboration

Recorded on November 21, 2005

Location: The Heritage Foundation's Lehrman Auditorium

The inability of the local, state, and federal officials to communicate with each other in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina was eerily reminiscent of the hours and days after terrorists attacked the United States on September 11, 2001. Little progress has been made since 2001 in developing a means for the multiple levels of government to collaborate in times of dire emergency.

Soon after September 11, the U.S. Army asked the National Research Council to study how Army science and technology could support efforts in counterterrorism. The first report presents a survey of a broad range of technologies and recommends applying Future Force technologies to homeland security wherever possible, noting that the Army should play a major role in providing emergency communications and information technology in support of decision-making - what the Army calls C4ISR. Join us as we discuss the second report, Army Science and Technology for Homeland Security-Report 2: C4ISR, focusing on how the Army's C4ISR technologies can enable the Department of Homeland Security, the Army, and emergency responders to collaborate in the response and recovery from a catastrophic event.