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Tying together response doctrine for three disasters, each with their own unique characteristics, is seemingly impossi- ble. Follow along as Allen reduces it to a neatly packaged common denominator, as follows:

UNIT OF EFFORT = COMMAND & CONTROL

The overarching goal is always “unity of effort.” Failing that, the aggregate output of the response will consist –

Allen’s own words – “of a bunch of different cabinet agencies trying to optimize response from where they sit in govern- ment.” Instead, these entities should be integrated, taking advantage of their collective, potential synergistic effect.

Allen insists, “That’s number one – nothing else is even a close second.” In New Orleans, initial response efforts could fairly be described as confused and ineffective. Unity of effort was finally established between Allen and the Commander of the Joint Command Task Force which led the DoD response.

The two leaders created a joint command and control struc- ture to provide resources and logistical support, allowing local officials and law enforcement to make decisions, pre- serving local government autonomy. In the end, the federal partnership produced the “unity of effort” through the com- mand and control structure. “That’s the way it’ll need to be done in the future. You’ve got to capture that procedure so you can implement it each time,” adds Allen.

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