FEMA has just released details of a new endeavor: Launching the FEMA Think Tank — a Forum to Facilitate Discussion in the Field of Emergency Management. The good news is that FEMA thinks it needs a Think Tank, and the Deputy Director has set one up online. It relies in part on Twitter, which in my view is useless for most serious conversations though it might be useful for emergency alerts. In my view, this type of online exchange is not a Think Tank; I would have called it a forum or an information exchange. In depth thinking needs to be orchestrated differently .
Why am I so negative on this topic? In recent weeks I have been editing some very thoughtful work by noted academics in the field of EM in the U.S., and the number of complicated and intractable problems that FEMA faces is considerable. The new Think Tank is not likely to get to the fundamental issues, conflicts, and problems. I am waiting for FEMA to make a try to solve or minimize some of them. I will be glad to provide a list of fundamental issues we have identified.