STATEMENT OF TASK
An ad hoc committee will plan and conduct a public workshop on the subject of an all-government approach to increase resilience in the face of international chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosive (CBRNE) events. The committee will develop the agenda for the workshop, select and invite speakers and discussants, and moderate the discussions. An individually authored summary f the workshop will be prepared by a designated rapporteur in accordance with institutional policy and procedures. With reference to international CBRNE events, this workshop aims to bring together experts to (1) articulate some common measures or reference points to better assess the resilience or baseline conditions of an impacted country or a region and (2) strengthen communications and improve inter-operability among relevant U.S. government agencies involved in international disasters. Overarching issues include: fostering interagency cooperation and coordination in times of CBRNE disasters; obtaining, documenting, and integrating consequence management information; improving USG agency inter-operability and disaster event planning; and facilitating USG interagency information exchange and sharing across relevant agency USG programs. The workshop will establish a neutral venue for USG inter-agency exchange and discussion on issues related to resilience to CBRNE consequence management. Specific topics discussed at the workshop may include:
- initial means or approaches to understand or determine baseline conditions of resilience to CBRNE events;
- metrics or other measures of resilience to CBRNE events that may include human/social dimensions, economic-political considerations, and constructed and natural infrastructure integrity; and
- paths or platforms to document and share best practices, current research, seminal documents, and other approaches to increase interoperability across USG agencies and other entities.