DSCA Director's Blog

Here you will find thoughts and messages from the Director of the Defense Security Cooperation Agency and his staff.

Monday, November 16, 2009

H1N1 Risk to Continuity of Operations

Several months ago, I admitted to our leadership team, after considering the impending risk of an H1N1 pandemic, I was very uncomfortable with our preparedness to deal with this threat.

Our strategy directorate conducted research and facilitated a table-top exercise. This effort resulted in some exceptional pre-mishap planning, including clarification of trigger levels that initiate leadership and team actions. Action plans were also laid out and clarified.

A key challenge faced by the team was that in any one week, DSCA personnel can be spread around the world. This makes gathering accurate organizational data daunting. Yet, on a daily basis, we know, by desk location, if there is an H1N1 illness. We can then track the world for potential travel plans.

What was most remarkable was to watch a trustworthy and motivated leadership in action displaying a diversity of thoughts, as they worked through the measure/countermeasure options to an effective strategy remarkably different than what we started with.

It is yet another remarkable example of what the DSCA team can accomplish with trust, talent, tactical information, communication, and action.

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