The Future of Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience: A Regional Approach

Today, critical infrastructure (including utility companies) depends more than ever on cyber technology, but small utility companies have limited means of defending against malicious cyber-attacks.  During Cohort 13, Team Cyber developed a reference guide for use by managers at these small utility companies as a means to simplify the complexities involved with establishing and maintaining a cybersecurity program (Download the PDF: Managers Quick Ref Guide for Cyber Security). In an…

Health and Medical Response to Active Shooter and Bombing Events

NPLI program faculty member Suzet McKinney is among the authors of a new paper on the health and medical responses to active shooter and bombing events. The list of such events is, unfortunately, growing. Fortunately so too are the efforts of first responders, medical professionals, and policy makers to understand, share, and implement best practices that save lives. Terrorist attacks, including mass shootings and bombings, have dramatic physical and emotional…

Cohort XIV Returns to Cambridge

Cohort XIV of the NPLI’s flagship executive education returned to Harvard for its concluding session on June 14-17. Team projects ranged from cyberspace to the Arctic. They addressed the meta-leadership challenges of coordinating services for homeless vets, catalyzing preparedness for coordinated multiple terror attacks, and improving critical infrastructure resilience, creating crisis leader advisor certification and support networks,and more. Final projects will be posted to our website over the summer. Guest…

Preparing for Hurricane Season

For some people, June means the end of school and the beginning of vacation season. For many NPLI participants, however, June marks the commencement of hurricane season. Leading the public is an essential component in preparing for large storms and resilience in their aftermath. Rich Serino, Cohort I, former Deputy Administrator at FEMA, and current Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the NPLI, recently sat down with Juliette Kayyem to discuss hurricane…

NPLI Team Tackles Cyber Challenges

Cyber threats are emerging as a distinct and persistent challenge requiring new thinking on policy and action. Leadership is a key component to enabling agencies to better work together across government and for the public and private sectors to coordinate and collaborate in their efforts. An NPLI Cohort XII project team took on this issue and recommended a new operating structure modeled after the joint interagency task force in South…

Medical Lessons on Preparedness

NPLI program faculty member Dr. Eric Goralnick has been leading preparedness efforts at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital. In this interview with RadioBoston he shares lessons from Boston, Brussels, Paris, and more with RadioBoston. It’s worth the listen. “Brussels joins a growing list of cities that have dealt with these types of horrific attacks that have left many people hurt and maimed, something Boston knows about all too well after…

Team You Can Act Continues to Lead on Preparedness

The recent attacks in Brussels again surfaced the question of the role bystanders can play in an immediate response. In the United States, momentum continues to build for the deployment of bleeding control kits in public places so that average citizens can more readily assist in saving lives. Team You Can Act (Cohort XIII) ran a pilot of such a program just three weeks prior to the White House roll…

Crisis Standards of Care Spotlighted by ASPR

When crisis hits, healthcare professionals are charged with allocating scarce resources to achieve the greatest benefit to the population. This can require a shift from conventional standards of care to what are known as crisis standards of care. For example, nurse-to-patient ratios may be extended or certain segments of the population may have to receive priority access to a vaccine, or other medical resource. The ability to move quickly when…

NPLI Faculty Visit Singapore

Barry Dorn, Eric McNulty, and Rich Serino traveled to Singapore in late January to conduct a meta-leadership training to help the nation’s military and civilian agencies better coordinate and collaborate on preparedness and response issues. A publication of the Singapore Ministry of Defence described it this way: To help senior officers from the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) and various Government agencies come up with swift and effective inter-agency responses to…

Leaders in Cohort XIV are Off and Running

Fifty senior professionals from across the public, private, and non-profit sectors gathered in Cambridge last week for the opening session of NPLI Cohort XIV program on crisis leadership. The week began with the naming of Alice Hill (Cohort VIII, at right with Dr. Lenny Marcus) of the White House National Security Council Resilience Policy Directorate as Meta-Leader of the Year 2015 for her work with President Obama on climate change.…