The White House has released its long-awaited replacement for the 2003 Homeland Security Presidential Directive on National Preparedness (aka, HSPD-8), to lots of criticism and some praise.
Our own analysis of the new Presidential Policy Directive on National Preparedness, known as PPD-8, will follow shortly. In the meantime here is a sampling of early feedback from the blogsphere:
- The Comments section of an April 8 Homeland Security Watch piece noted that PPD-8 “almost totally ignores the dedication and hard work of many individuals and organizations since 9/11/01 and even long before to help the US face not just Black Swans but also the expected and more probably [sic] events. It also fails to improve on past guidance.”
- A follow-up HLS Watch piece the next day calls the directive “an important reframing of strategic intent. What is new – and important – in PPD-8 is the inclusive character of the goal-development process and the focus on capabilities-based planning.”
- On April 13, another HLS Watch posting contained pointed comments from several individuals, including a DHS official, countering several of the more scathing critiques.
- A day later, a couple of Heritage Foundation analysts wrote yet another scathing critique, which found the directive’s “dismissal of key national preparedness guidance and plans… puzzling” and said it “reads as though the past seven years never happened.”
- Finally, a piece in Continuity Compliance asks: “Is PPD-8 Re-Creating the Wheel in Terms of Preparedness Policy?”
Stay tuned for our own take on the subject…
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