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A. Scott Wells, Senior Associate

Mr. Wells has extensive field experience as well as Emergency Response & Recovery Operations and 10 years Pentagon experience at both the Secretariat and Staff levels. He currently provides operational planning and support for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). He was responsible for managing budgets ranging from several million to $30 billion. He served as the FCO for approximately twenty-five (25) man made and natural disasters both in the United States and its territories.  He has extensive operational experience in disaster management and emergencies of all types and sizes to include major hurricanes--one of which was catastrophic (Katrina)--and unique operations (Columbia Shuttle Disaster).  He has served as an FCO for every recurring type of disaster.

 

Professional Experience

• Federal Coordinating Officer for FEMA/DHS  in Washington, DC.

• President's Senior Federal Official in the field at disaster sites.

• Instructor and subject matter expert for Department of Defense  

      course on Defense Support to Civil Authorities    

• Doctrine development for the Department of Homeland Security

• Professional Development Plan for FEMA FCO Cadre

• Development of graduate level Catastrophic Planning course for

      Texas A&M University

• Liaison between the Department of Defense (DoD) and Director

      of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

• Principal military advisor to the Director of FEMA, charged with

      facilitating, within FEMA, an understanding of DoD's policies,

      plans, and programs and DoD

• Provided oversight for DoD consequence management support

      to several domestic operations such as the 1996 Olympics,

      Hurricane Marilyn, the Oklahoma City explosion, the Northridge

      Earthquake, two Presidential Inaugurals, numerous floods,

      fires and smaller hurricanes, and classified

• Facilitated a resolution of problems between FEMA and DoD on

     the execution of the Chemical Stockpile Emergency

     Preparedness Program.

• Facilitated resolution of problems between FEMA and the

     National Guard Bureau over a report to Congress on the role of

     the National Guard in scenarios involving weapons of mass

     destruction.

• Served as the DoD representative for the development of the

     Federal Mass Immigration Plan. Instrumental in the Army

     receiving an expanded role in peacekeeping operations.

• Completed a MOU with the Bureau of Prisons, which saved the

     Army approximately $11 million annually and $27 million in

     construction costs.

• Provided interface and continuity between the Army military staff  

     and civilian leadership for several international crises

     including operations in Iraq, Rwanda, and Haiti and much,

     much more.

 

Education and Professional Development

• Masters of Arts, Systems Management

      Golden Gate University, San Francisco, CA

• Bachelor of Arts, Biology

      Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC

• Supervisory Development Course (1985)

• Emergency Preparedness Liaison / Defense Coordinating Officer

      Course (1992)

• EMI Course: Mobilization Concept, Policies & Procedures (1992)

• National Guard Bureau Course on Military Support to Civilian

      Authorities (1996)

• DOD Course on Domestic Preparedness Against Weapons of

      Mass Destruction (1996)

• FEMA EST Training (1997)

• more than 14 EMI Courses

 

Special Appointments/Awards

• Texas A&M University, Adjunct Professor (2008)

• Army manager for the Army Shelter for the Homeless Program

• Aviation, Medical, and Aero medical Staff Consultant for Crisis

      Management Teams at Headquarters, Department of the Army

• Member of Department of Defense Crisis Action Team

• Army Prison Policy

• United Nations Peacekeeping Operations

• Senior Service School

• Federal Executive Board Award for "Intergovernmental

     Cooperation" awarded for performance of duty during the

     Columbia Shuttle Recovery Operation

• Texas Legislative Recognition Award

• Numerous Military Service Awards

 

Public Speaking/Presentations

• Marine Corp Command and Staff College (2008)

• Multiple presentations to the Army War College (2006-2008)

• US Senate and House Hearings (2005-2006)

• Jewish Professional Association (2005)

• Texas Young Republicans (2004)

• Government Security Conference (GOVSEC 2003)

• Texas Emergency Response Conference (2002)

• Pennsylvania Emergency Response Conference (2002)

• Michigan Emergency Response Conference (2002)

 
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