The Target Capabilities List Implementation Project
Assessing Our Nation's Preparedness

Robert K. Sullivan
Preparedness Policy, Planning and Analysis Division
National Preparedness Directorate
Federal Emergency Management Agency, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Edward M. Dolan
Director, Emergency Preparedness and Response
Office of Policy Development, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

July 23, 2008

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DHS 9/13/07 Press Release, "DHS Releases National Preparedness Guidelines"
9/07 Target Capabilities

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"It was interesting to see that the TCL is evolving with TWG input. Unfortunately the current focus still appears to be terrorism and 'prevention', while natural hazards are more frequent and damaging, and benefit from mitigation efforts."
Frannie Edwards
San Jose State University

"Time will tell how new framework evolves how boots on the ground are deployed. Much hard work to be done up & down the chain to identify specific assignments that will better achieve the measurable outcomes defined by TCLs. Thanks for providing us with this useful dialogue."

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Robert Sullivan joined FEMA in 1997 as a Hazard Mitigation Specialist at FEMA Region I, Boston, MA. During his time with the Region, he served as the Hazard Mitigation Officer on disasters in Maine, New Hampshire, and Texas, and as the State Liaison Officer in Augusta, Maine, during Y2K operations.

Mr. Sullivan joined the FEMA Headquarters Mitigation Directorate in 2000 as a Program Specialist working primarily in the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP). In addition to his HMGP responsibilities, he managed the Mitigation Disaster Cadre, and provided training in Mitigation Disaster Field Operations and at FEMA's Disaster Field Operations Management course.

Mr. Sullivan joined the Plans Division of Office of National Security Coordination (ONSC) in 2002. He served as the Federal Coordination Branch Chief from November 2004 to February 2007, where he was responsible for interagency and Regional coordination of Continuity of Operation program activities.

In March 2007, Mr. Sullivan became part of the National Preparedness Directorate. His first assignment was with the Incident Management Systems Division supporting the National Incident Management System compliance. His current position is with Preparedness Policy, Planning and Analysis, supporting the development of Preparedness life-cycle policies including Target Capabilities.

Before joining FEMA, Mr. Sullivan worked as the Deputy Director of the Northeast States Emergency Consortium, Wakefield, Massachusetts, a non-profit disaster education and mitigation organization. He started in emergency management with the Planning and Research Section of Maine Emergency Management Agency.

Mr. Sullivan has a B.A. in Political Science from Holy Cross College, Worcester, MA, and a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA.

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Edward M. Dolan is the Director for Emergency Preparedness and Response in the Office of Policy Development of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Prior to his current appointment, he served for more than a year as a senior advisor for preparedness in the Policy Office. He began his service at the Department in the Preparedness Directorate, working on the team that developed the national preparedness goal. Before joining the Department of Homeland Security, Mr. Dolan worked in senior positions in both the public and private sectors.

Mr. Dolan earned his Master's in Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He began his professional career working in the Office of New York City Mayor Ed Koch, concentrating on public safety policy. He later served as an Assistant to the Westchester County Executive before being appointed, in 1994, as Deputy Fire Commissioner for Administration for the Fire Department of the City of New York, the largest and busiest fire department in the U.S. During his four years at the FDNY he designed and implemented the Fire Department's first responder program, which trained firefighters to respond to critical medical emergencies, and designed the merger of the City's 3,000-member Emergency Medical Service into the Fire Department.

Mr. Dolan left the Fire Department in 1998 and joined the Lockheed Martin Corporation's state and local government services division, where he rose to vice president, managing a public safety business line. Mr. Dolan has also been an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) for thirty years. He is a New York State EMT instructor, and served for nearly twenty years as a volunteer firefighter in fire departments in Williamsburg, Virginia and in his home town of Irvington, New York. He currently resides in the District of Columbia.