Tag: crisis

Handling of street protests creates crisis for Pentagon boss

With National Guardsman deployed around the White House amid protests over the killing of George Floyd, top Dept. of Defense officials went into the streets on June 1 to meet with troops on duty in the city. WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Mark Esper is facing the most politically charged crisis of his tenure, criticized for calling protester-filled streets a military “battle space” and accused of failing to keep the military out of politics. At the same time, 11 months into the job, Esper is seeing his relationship with President Donald Trump tested by the storm over the police killing of ... Read more

Coronavirus: Crisis reveals Americans need universal basic services

In March, Michael D. Higgins, the president of Ireland, reflected on the impact of the coronavirus on an Irish talk show. He acknowledged the pain and difficulty involved, but also expressed hope that “there will be a wonderful opportunity to do things better.” “What’s going to emerge globally is the unanswerable case [for] having universal basic services,” he said, “a floor of basic services that will be there to protect us in the future.” The notion of “universal basic services” (UBS) is a relatively new entrant in the debate over social democratic policy. Much more familiar is the idea of ... Read more

Military families face housing limbo during Covid-19 crisis

As states reopen across the nation, the Defense Department will immediately begin to lift “stop-movement” orders at some military bases in the U.S. and abroad. Service members will now be allowed to follow orders to move to a new location — a permanent change of station — in stages, depending on local conditions, according to a May 22 memo from the Secretary of Defense.  Yet the department’s travel restrictions, which were first set in March and extended until June 30, have already caused significant financial hardship for tens of thousands in the military. Some service members and their families are getting double-billed ... Read more

Crisis Response When the Status Quo Is a Crisis

Editor’s Note: This is the second in a series on security and law enforcement during humanitarian assistance and disaster relief scenarios. You can read the first article here.    If the 2016 earthquake in Italy repeated today, how would the country respond while being on lockdown? If a hurricane like Irma, Maria, or Dorian hit the Caribbean now, what regional and international partners could even respond to help? If a storm like Sandy hit the United States right now, how overwhelmed would New York and New Jersey be? As the world experiences a global pandemic in the form of the ... Read more

Minneapolis, the Coronavirus, and Trump’s Failure to See a Crisis Coming

Illustration by João Fazenda There, yet again, were the flames. Before the furious conflagrations erupted in Minneapolis, the final weeks of May had already seemed like the answer to a grim math problem: What is the product of a crisis multiplied by a crisis? The official mortality count of the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States swept toward a hundred thousand, while the economic toll had left forty million people out of work. It was difficult to countenance how so much misery could come about so quickly. But on Memorial Day we became video witnesses to the horrific death of ... Read more

2,000 Marines from Southern California Deploy to the Middle East as Crisis Response Force

Units from Camp Pendleton’s 1st Marine Expeditionary Force have deployed to the Middle East, base officials announced on Monday, June 1. Four elements of the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit are now in Kuwait and will operate under U.S. Central Command, which oversee U.S. military in the Middle East. They will operate as a Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force — Crisis Response-Central Command. That means there are units that have both ground, air and logistics capabilities that can respond to a variety of needs in the Middle East. “At any given moment we may be working with partner nation forces ... Read more

Reimagine Your Nonprofit to Survive the Crisis

Ulrike Schmitt-Hartmann/Getty Images We’ve made our coronavirus coverage free for all readers. To get all of HBR’s content delivered to your inbox, sign up for the Daily Alert newsletter. In the age of Covid-19, nonprofits are seeing donations drop, doors close, and cash reserves dwindle. Together with the uncertainty and demands the pandemic has forced on us, that makes it a worrying time. But it’s also a time of opportunity. It might well be the time to reimagine who you are and what you do and to make your organization better in the process. Reimagining an organization is hard, especially ... Read more

Growing US-China rivalry seen fueling UN paralysis amid virus crisis

For nearly a decade, the UN Security Council has been frequently paralyzed by Russia’s obstinacy over the Syrian crisis. Today, however, it is the US-China rivalry that has infected a growing array of issues, according to officials and diplomats. As recently as 2017, an understanding between Washington and Beijing allowed the United Nations on three occasions — involving separate sets of economic sanctions — to project international unity in the face of the North Korean nuclear threat. Three years later, the COVID-19 pandemic has seen a ferocious competition erupt between the UN’s two main contributors, prompting the organization’s chief, Antonio ... Read more

how the military has seen opportunity in the Covid-19 crisis

Project Phoenix will likely conclude in the next few months once the army strategy, which is reviewed every summer, subsumes the remaining activities. Major General Gwyn Jenkins, the Assistant Chief of the Naval Staff (ACNS), says as the crisis unfolded there was concern the Royal Navy’s use of civilian contractor support to dockyards and vessels could prove problematic. “If anything the reverse was true,” he said. “The big observation is that our structures are inherently resilient.”  Contractorisation of supply chains and dockyard support has been criticised in the past for being too “lean” and therefore, in a time of crisis, ... Read more

Brazil’s crisis deepens as Bolsonaro holds on to the military

Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro in a event promoting a government campaign against domestic violence at Planalto presidential palace in Brasilia, Brazil, May 15, 2020. /AP Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro in a event promoting a government campaign against domestic violence at Planalto presidential palace in Brasilia, Brazil, May 15, 2020. /AP Brazil has kicked political drama to the curb. Between scandals, powerplay episodes, and a slew of surprising statements, the South American country has been a mainstay in news headlines recently. But now, COVID-19 is hogging the spotlight. The virus is running rampant, causing over 27,900 deaths in Brazil. There’s no ... Read more