David Westin, Donald Trump, Bloomberg discussed on Balance of Power

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Power with David Westin on Bloomberg radio president trump is enlisting the full force of the United States government in his attempt to slow the spread of the corona virus and the department of homeland security is on the front lines for important parts of that effort I talked to Michael Chertoff former homeland security secretary who served under president George W. bush he is now the co founder and executive chairman of the Chertoff group and I asked him about the role of homeland security and helping ensure the U. S. Canadian border gets closed what about homers street department has responsibility for managing the borders through customs and border protection sure what they will do is order to lock down the border he's basically stop all passengers from going back or force across the border however he was respected trade if someone is driving a truck with cargo and that may be a wire through and they'll have to do the specific analysis of exactly how they manage that process but K. will basically control all crossings at ports of entry actually that there are some probably Americans were visiting Canada and Canadians were visiting America got caught out how will that will likely would work I don't know I haven't seen the announcement you may not know either but how can it work I drive up to the border and said look I just was over visiting for the day I got caught what what they have generally done in the past you were when the president close the borders the last couple weeks usually create an exception for American citizens or permanent residents returning back home they may require them to be in quarantine for fourteen days but they generally do not exclude Americans return to their home what can homeland security to the side the border is that their principal function right now what are the main function of homeland security particularly through the Federal Emergency Management Agency he is helping to manage the response which is what they doing in any natural disaster be it an earthquake hurricane a forest fire or flood in this case it's largely logistical issue what they will do is coordinate with other federal agencies and with the private sector to acquire the conjugal gin and products that are necessary in order to respond to this crisis so it made me badgered may be tense it may be a medical supplies they can they can contract for one of the things which has been done in the past is in military through FEMA has been able to provide medical facilities field hospitals even hospital ships to deal with emergencies so I think that's likely to be the main emphasis for FEMA and then as you mentioned earlier the border well how she wants to be an important element for our DHS isn't likely impossible to government somewhere has actually stockpiled some of the medical equipment if needed we heard the vice president all point construction companies to volunteer to give up so they're I think they're called in ninety five masks that can be used for medical purposes well is it possible that either in the military or home security someplace else that effect people would have something of a warehouse with these things in well there will be some amateur stockpile not really DHS which is not really stockpile things but there will be some spoofing stockpiled in the military some stockpile with HHS are some in the private sector the difficulty hearing scale usually you're you're stockpiling for a relatively local or regional disaster and I was in the military stockpiling because it has for shoes yeah the issue is how do you spell that for national crisis and I think that is why you're seeing an emphasis on trying to get more masks had more passion more medical products produced as quickly as possible as a practical matter can the military health through things like the corps of engineers has something that governor Cuomo called upon the government to do to build more hospital beds is that something you would have coordinated with the army on yeah I we I know what you just would do would be coordinating with the army about what kind of medical capabilities they can make available highs actions there are couple of hospital ships and that can be have moved off shore and be used as hospitals you would work with the army corps of engineers for example to go set up an emergency medical facility in a stadium or in a larger arena all of these are things that can be done the challenge here is going to be scale and priority is it possible to both really pull out all the stops to everything possible to fight these fires at the same time we don't let some other thing slip up improving national security at HHS computers have been hacked and apparent of tension to slow down the response of the you know so much you've written a fine book on the question of cyber security are we more volatile right now on other fronts because we are so consumed with this coronavirus show application mix in one area actually to risk has diminished so we have been obviously worried for several years now about the possibility of attacks on crowded locations the entertainment locations are for schools or religious institutions that risk is gonna go down because there aren't pretty crackers as a retarded **** will be less but on the other side cyber is going to be more of an issue and that's particularly true because what you have now is people working from home we used to go to the office and the error of securities may not be secure in a way that is necessary to protect your business institutions other government agencies from being hacked and that's why I think a big urgent requirement is going to be have to elevate the quality cybersecurity now do you have all of these individuals for using your home computers to log on to work what is the state of preparedness and the private sector not the public sector the private sector for possible violations of through cyber because as you point out will rely on it more than we ever have in history I think many companies are not well prepared for this because they hadn't imagined actuation where there has to be a major shift from having people using office computers or or otherwise work providing computers and using home computers being remote so I think you're going to have to be an effort to quite properly scale up the level of cyber security and also to institute some element of control over exactly who logs on and where more generally we've been working with clients on business continuity plans what is their resilience plan what are the U. S. is going to be more than a few weeks but continues further than that how do they deal with mitigating risk in the supply chain here this is all part of the general issue resilience which is very important element of preparedness do something like this ever come up did you have a hypothetical said what happens if we have a pandemic in that last for some extended period time actually actually when I was at DHS we put together a pandemic plan we were then worried about eighteen foot and we look at all the issues right controlling the borders getting medical supplies to people argued with extended period of people having to be home so all of these challenges have been part of the planning process in the U. S. government for almost twenty years thanks to former homeland security secretary Michael Chertoff coming up we speak with the CEO Verizon about how his company is dealing with.

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