Susan Rice on Homeland Security



Prepared "pandemic for dummies" playbook for successors

Former Obama national security adviser @AmbassadorRice to @TheView: "We prepared the [Trump] administration with a pandemic for dummies playbook. So the fault here, the tragic loss of 150,000 Americans and counting [to the coronavirus pandemic as of July 2020], is on Donald Trump and his gross mishandling of this pandemic."
Source: Twitter posting @AmbassadorRice on 2020 Veepstakes , Jul 29, 2020

Russia may have helped stir up violent protests

Rice has blamed the violent protests that rocked major American cities on "foreign actors," and even suggested that Russia could be involved in stirring them up. "I'm not reading the intelligence today, or these days -- but based on my experience, this is right out of the Russian playbook," Rice said. "But we cannot allow the extremists, the foreign actors, to distract from the real problems we have in this country that are longstanding, centuries old, and need to be addressed responsibly."
Source: National Review on 2020 Veepstakes , Jul 28, 2020

Under Obama we foresaw pandemics & prepared for them

Trump failed to prepare for a major global health challenge. Rather than heed the warnings, embrace the planning and preserve the structures that had been bequeathed to him, the president ignored the risk of a pandemic. Trump said, "you can never really think" that a pandemic "is going to happen." Having combated the H1N1 swine flu pandemic, Ebola, Zika, MERS and other such threats, many health experts and the Obama administration not only foresaw such risks but prepared for them.

As national security adviser, I established the office of Global Health Security and Biodefense at the National Security Council to monitor, prepare for and prevent global health crises. My successor dismantled the office, pushed its leader out and downgraded the position of Homeland Security adviser. The Obama team provided briefing papers and conducted a side-by-side exercise with leaders of the incoming administration focused on pandemic threats. It was discarded by the incoming team.

Source: N. Y. Times 2020 analysis of coronavirus policy , Mar 13, 2020

Diversity is America's strength, including national security

I think it's important that our national security workforce look like and represent who we are as America. We are a very diverse country these days, and that's one of our extraordinary strengths on the world stage. To the extent that we are not encouraging and supporting people of diverse backgrounds to enter the fields of national security, we are, in essence, acting on the world stage with one hand tied behind our back.
Source: TheUndefeated.com on Obama Cabinet , Jun 29, 2016

Use civilians where possible; military reserves predictably

Rebalance the mix of capabilities in the active and reserve components and create more stable and predictable schedules for deployment. What is most needed is a system of preparing, deploying, and resetting these forces that improves their availability to the nation while also enhancing predictability and stability for soldiers and their families.

We need to take maximum advantage of technology and services offered by the private sector to make the best use of our military personnel. There are a number of opportunities where incorporating the latest information technology and "working smarter" could substantially reduce manpower requirements. We cannot afford to have military personnel performing jobs that could be performed just as well by civilians.

Source: Harvard Kennedy School of Government Belfer Center analysis , Jan 1, 2006

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