3 Steps We Must Take Now to Prepare for the Next National Crisis

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As we continue to confront the devastating toll of COVID-19, it’s hard to contemplate the next national crisis. But if we want any chance at beating it, we have to do more than contemplate it. 

When COVID struck last March, states were clamoring for help in securing urgently needed equipment to stem the rapidly spreading virus. That was difficult enough, but imagine how much worse things could have been had the virus been even more lethal or transmissible.

This week, a new report examining America’s collective response capabilities from Business Executives for National Security, for which I served as a commissioner, concluded that while some components of an integrated national response are in place, significant execution challenges remain. This is particularly troubling when a crisis affects multiple states and countries simultaneously, with limited time to acquire supplies and other resources. 

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