Evermay Dialogue Co-Chairs Dr. Sachiko Kuno and the Honorable Michèle Flournoy released a new report on a U.S.-Japan alliance action plan for all-hazard emergency management.
The inaugural Evermay Dialogue in December 2014 discussed the broad subject of current emergency management strategies and systems in Japan and the United States, with an eye toward identifying opportunities for strengthening national preparedness and emergency response. The Evermay Dialogue identified a number of key ideas that deserve official consideration. Among the most important and useful actions highlighted in this report, the following five steps in particular merit serious study by governments:
- Initiate an official U.S.-Japan working group on strategic resilience.
- Institutionalize an annual U.S.-Japan emergency management exercise modeled on defense war-game experience.
- Focus on cyberspace cooperation to ensure alliance connectivity across civil-military domains, with a particular emphasis on risks to the integrity of information.
- Establish an operational U.S.-Japan alliance command structure that allows for all-of-government information-sharing and cooperation.
- Create training programs on strategic communications for national and local governmental officials, first responders, and appropriate private-sector and civil-society actors likely to find themselves on the front lines of reporting information in the midst of different crises.
Dr. Kuno is President and CEO of S&R Foundation and Flournoy is Co-Founder and CEO of the Center for a New American Security (CNAS).