Terrorism course proves popular with federal managers

Federal executives are lining up to take an Army course that teaches strategies for coping with the management issues posed by terrorism.

The one-day course, developed by the Army's Edgewood Chemical Biological Center at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., provides a basic overview of chemical and biological weapons and strategies for continuity of operations planning. It also includes tabletop exercises that allow managers to practice responding to terrorist incidents.

Federal managers in Minnesota took the course in January, and since then Edgewood has offered the course to executives in Washington, Albuquerque, N.M., and Philadelphia. Edgewood officials are coordinating with federal executive boards across the country to plan future courses.

"What we see happening is, as more of the federal executive boards are hosting it, they are seeing the benefits of the course," said Lisa Foust, program officer with the Homeland Defense Business Unit at Edgewood. Officials with the Office of Personnel Management's Western Management Development Center and the Federal Emergency Management Agency helped Edgewood develop the course.

The next course will be held June 4 in Baltimore. Edgewood has scheduled additional courses in June for New York, Miami, and Honolulu.

The course is aimed at federal executives, not rank-and-file employees or local "first responders," the firefighters, police officers and emergency officials who are first on the scene of a terrorist attack.

The course costs $250 per person, with discounts for larger groups, according to Foust. Some federal executive boards have helped subsidize the cost for attendees.

Federal managers who would like to attend the course should contact their local federal executive board, or call Foust at (410) 436-5786.

Stay up-to-date with federal news alerts and analysis — Sign up for GovExec's email newsletters.
FROM OUR SPONSORS
JOIN THE DISCUSSION
Close [ x ] More from GovExec
 
 

Thank you for subscribing to newsletters from GovExec.com.
We think these reports might interest you:

  • Forecasting Cloud's Future

    Conversations with Federal, State, and Local Technology Leaders on Cloud-Driven Digital Transformation

    Download
  • The Big Data Campaign Trail

    With everyone so focused on security following recent breaches at federal, state and local government and education institutions, there has been little emphasis on the need for better operations. This report breaks down some of the biggest operational challenges in IT management and provides insight into how agencies and leaders can successfully solve some of the biggest lingering government IT issues.

    Download
  • Communicating Innovation in Federal Government

    Federal Government spending on ‘obsolete technology’ continues to increase. Supporting the twin pillars of improved digital service delivery for citizens on the one hand, and the increasingly optimized and flexible working practices for federal employees on the other, are neither easy nor inexpensive tasks. This whitepaper explores how federal agencies can leverage the value of existing agency technology assets while offering IT leaders the ability to implement the kind of employee productivity, citizen service improvements and security demanded by federal oversight.

    Download
  • IT Transformation Trends: Flash Storage as a Strategic IT Asset

    MIT Technology Review: Flash Storage As a Strategic IT Asset For the first time in decades, IT leaders now consider all-flash storage as a strategic IT asset. IT has become a new operating model that enables self-service with high performance, density and resiliency. It also offers the self-service agility of the public cloud combined with the security, performance, and cost-effectiveness of a private cloud. Download this MIT Technology Review paper to learn more about how all-flash storage is transforming the data center.

    Download
  • Ongoing Efforts in Veterans Health Care Modernization

    This report discusses the current state of veterans health care

    Download

When you download a report, your information may be shared with the underwriters of that document.