Applying Lessons Learned from Hurricane Katrina: How the Department of Defense Is Preparing for the Upcoming Hurricane Season, Hearing Before the Terrorism, Unconventional Threats and Capabilities Subcommittee of the Committee on Armed Services, House of Representatives, One Hundred Ninth Congress, Second Session, May 25, 2006 [open pdf - 4MB]
From the opening statement of Jim Saxton: "The Subcommittee on Terrorism, Unconventional Threats and Capabilities meets this morning to discuss how the Department of Defense is preparing for the upcoming hurricane season. As Hurricane Katrina demonstrated last year, when there is a catastrophic disaster, the military will be called upon to aid in the response. During Katrina, the military, and the National Guard in particular, shouldered this responsibility and completed its mission with valor. There is always room for improvement, however. This hearing will investigate how the Department of Defense has incorporated lessons learned from Hurricane Katrina as it plans and prepares for the upcoming hurricane season. In the weeks and months following Hurricane Katrina, the Federal response to the disaster was scrutinized and critiqued. The Select Bipartisan Committee to Investigate the Preparation For the Response to Hurricane Katrina, the Government Accountability Office and the White House have all issued reports reviewing the Federal response to the hurricane, and the military response in particular. I look forward to hearing from our witnesses on how they are responding to the findings and recommendations of these reports. It is important to note that the military mission in responding to domestic catastrophes is primarily a support mission. Other agencies are in the lead." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Jim Saxton, Adam Smith, Steven Blum, C. Mark Bowen, Douglas Burnett, Paul McHale, Richard J. Rowe, Bennett C. Landreneau, and Sharon Pickup.
H.A.S.C. No. 109-128
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