Emergency response

Fort Meade and Fort Detrick Commanders

DC-based National Security partner Mark Maier, in his capacity as US Army North’s Emergency Preparedness Office for Maryland and a colonel in the US Army Reserves, recently briefed and planned emergency response with the military commanders of Fort Meade and Fort Detrick. Both installations are critical to US national security and domestic infrastructure. Topics discussed included the National Response Framework, Department of Defense Support of Civil Authorities (DSCA) leadership and structure, local and state responders, federal response forces, operational areas, legal authorities, law enforcement and Dual Status Commanders.

Maier is the primary DSCA officer for US Army assets in Maryland and part of a joint team supporting Joint Air Base Andrews and Navy Operational Support Center Baltimore. His recent efforts with Forts Meade and Detrick were part of the DSCA program, which saves lives and reduces damage in response to domestic attacks, natural disasters and civil unrest.

Fort Detrick hosts biological programs, medical research and the development of infectious disease countermeasures and Fort Meade hosts intelligence, information systems and cyber operations. Fort Detrick, in particular, is home to the National Cancer Institute-Frederick, National Interagency Confederation for Biological Research, National Interagency Biodefense Campus, US Army Medical Research and Materiel Command and the US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases.

Maier’s hands-on operational experience gives him knowledge of (a) terror, insider and cyber threats; (b) state and federal assets in the state; and (c) current legal, regulatory and operational requirements. This deep background greatly informs his civilian client legal work when he negotiates government contracts and critical infrastructure deals, addresses counterterror law enforcement activities and obtains regulatory approvals from the FCC, CFIUS, ITAR and EAR.

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