When disaster strikes — a public health crisis, natural disaster, or terrorist attack — the executive branch is the first to respond. Our Constitution empowers the president to respond quickly to threats, allowing the other parts of government to get their footing. But crafting an energetic response is no easy task when it requires not just coordinating the White House’s own team, but also the rest of the executive branch. 

Two of AEI’s research directors know this firsthand. Kori Schake, AEI’s director of Foreign and Defense Policy, served on the White House’s National Security Council and in the State Department after 9/11; Ryan Streeter, AEI’s director of Domestic Policy, served on the White House’s Domestic Policy Council during Hurricane Katrina. They join Adam to discuss some of the near-impossible challenges of coordinating responses to disaster: How are responsibilities delegated? What kind of legal considerations come into play? How does the federal government remain cognizant of state needs during national emergencies? And much more.

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