The sinews of Preparedness, a subset of Resilience, are eroding fast under both Houses of Congress and the Administration.
An interview with CDC Chief Tomas R. Frieden who became head of CDC in June 2009 following Julie Gerberding, was published in the Friday WAPO. The interview reveals that CDC’s budget was cut by $740M between fiscal year 2010 and Fy 2011. And States and their local governments have had to 45,000 public health jobs in the last two years.
This is cutting not just sinews but muscle and bone even as an E coli outbreak in Europe has potential for spread to the USA.
The DHS budget also will soon decline from its all time highs although incompetent management of funds given indicate that appointees in DHS often don’t get that response and recovery and resilience generally starts with Preparedness.
I have been asked to review several chapters of books and article that will appear shortly. They reveal that the WH and DHS efforts post-9/11/2011 were not a seamless and coherent effort. Combining that with Congressional earmarking and ignorance and guess what we may be worse off than on September 10th 2001!
Time will soon tell where we stand when another major attack or other catastrophe reveals the King wears no clothes.