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					                        DONNA F. BARBISCH
                                                101 E St SE
                                           Washington DC 20003
                                              (202) 547-0160


      Dr. Barbisch is among the nation’s most distinguished experts in creating collaborative solutions in
      today’s complex environment of terrorism and catastrophic disasters. She is a change agent who can
      build or reform organizational cultures to effectively guide integration of critical infrastructure
      protection, intelligence and preemption, with public health and emergency management at all levels,
      from national strategy to local execution. Her work has been described as a visionary approach to
      strategic planning for building resiliency, reducing threats and responding to crises in complex systems.
      Dr. Barbisch retired as a US Army Major General. She has a proven track record as a policy analyst,
      strategic planner and a leader with command and management experience. Her background includes
      major successes in the private sector and U.S. military.


1997–Present, Global Deterrence Alternatives, LLC
     President of a consulting business that assists governments and private companies establish the
     resiliency needed for emergency preparedness whether for pandemics, bioterrorism, civil unrest or
     terrorism events. Clients have included numerous U.S. states and cities and more than ten foreign
     governments. Successes include:
      Designated as Deputy Chief of Party for Project PREPARE, a USAID funded pandemic
          preparedness initiative in Africa and SE Asia.
      Provided subject matter expertise for implementing the Targeted Capabilities List as part of the
          National Preparedness Guidelines
      Provided senior policy support and subject matter expertise for California Department of
          Emergency Services/Department of Health in developing standards and guidelines to effectively
          deal with healthcare surge during a catastrophic event. Supported collaborative process to
          integrate areas of legal, transportation, hospitalization, healthcare, public health, and emergency
      Provided senior policy and subject matter expertise to develop response and mitigation plan for
          potential failure of the Mosul Dam, Iraq
      Developed the All Hazards Strategic and Operational Plan for the District of Columbia
          Department of Health; initiated the integration of the National Incident Management System
          (NIMS) for the District of Columbia
      Developed comprehensive pilot project for regional surge capacity and isolation/quarantine
          protection. Includes criteria for personnel, logistics, and policy integration
      Provided strategic guidance and oversight for numerous senior level policy groups and think tanks
          on terrorism prevention, deterrence, response, and recovery
      Participated in the National Academies, Transportation Research Board, National cooperative
          Highway Research Program to develop appropriate solutions in transportation’s role in homeland
      Primary analyst in assessing the Department of Veterans Affairs potential capability to enhance a
          medical response to a WMD event
      Developed guidelines for the Department of State, Antiterrorism Assistance program

      Donna Barbisch
      As of September 2011
          Provided guidance and review of interagency coordination applications to international
           community, Kuwaiti Oil Company

2011–Present     Senior Policy Advisor
     Center for Disaster Medical Science, University of California, Irvine
2009–Present, Distinguished Fellow
     George Mason University, Center for Infrastructure Protection and Homeland Security
2006–2009        Fellow
     University of Pittsburgh, Center for National Preparedness
2001–2005        Adjunct Professor
     George Washington University: Instructor and consultant in health policy and disaster preparedness
2002–2004        Adjunct Researcher
     RAND: Consultant on national policy and military capability relative to homeland security
2001–2003        Researcher
     ANSER: Senior advisor, Interagency Collaboration; National security issues in homeland
     security/homeland defense
1992–1997        Instructor
     Medical University of South Carolina
      Directed masters level educational program of instruction in nurse anesthesia at 5 hospitals
         throughout South Carolina
      Course instructor, policy and management
      Managed grants to improve healthcare to a community in excess of 300,000

1988–1992      Manager
     Halifax Memorial Hospital, Department of Anesthesia


2005              Major General US Army (Retired)

2004–2005         Director Chemical Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Program Integration
     Mobilized for the Global War on Terrorism: Responsible for integrating chem-bio defense programs,
     identifying equities across DoD and the interagency community. Developed low cost, expedient
     counter measures in chemical and biological defense focused on optimizing decision making using
     empirical data linked with outcome measurements. The program built on existing capability, provides
     situational awareness, and optimizes appropriate information sharing for decision maker at all levels,
     from first responder to policy makers.

2001–2008         Adjunct Professor, Strategic Studies Institute, US Army War College

2001–2002         Military Assistant (IMA) to the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Manpower and
                  Reserve Affairs)
          Provide advice and council to the Assistant Secretary regarding policy oversight of programs within
           the Army regarding personnel, training, and mobilization
          Conduct analytical review of existing program, identify requirements/capability mismatch,
           recommend changes
          Principal Advisor for Homeland Security

1997–2001     Deputy Commander, Clinical Support, 3d Medical Command
      Senior advisor for homeland security to the Chief, Army Reserve

       Donna Barbisch
       As of September 2011
          Provided senior command level medical guidance, analysis, and operational support for Central
           Command Area of Operations
          Developed organizational processes to grow the echelon above corps senior medical command
           from an authorization level 9 active duty organization to an authorization level 1(fully ready) Army
           Reserve integrated organization composed of Army Reserve, active duty, and Army National
           Guard personnel.
          Established processes to mentor and grow unit morale as well as build unit integrity.
          Led Crimson Cross, an Echelon Above Corps strategic planning exercise to validate planning
           assumptions and develop requirements for the use of weapons of mass destruction in two theaters
           as well as domestic environments
          Improved readiness posture of 3d MEDCOM, which deployed as the senior medical unit
           coordinating activity in the Central Command Area of Operations.

1997–1998          Senior Advisor to Commander, Soldier and Biological, Chemical Command for
                   WMD, Consequence Management (Active Duty)
          Co- Director, NYC Bioterrorism Exercise “City SAFE” coordinating a simulated Federal, State,
           and Local response to catastrophic effects of a biological attack producing in excess of 80,000
           casualties, overwhelming local and State capability
          Facilitated readiness posture for NYC; developed synergy multi-agency synergy
          Established framework to prioritize utilization of scarce resources at the federal level
          Provide council, recommending and establishing guidelines for DoD participation in facilitating
           improved domestic BW response

1996–1997          Director, Reserve Leadership Integration Studies (Active Duty), US Army War
          Instructor in the Department of Command, Leadership, and Management, focused on strategic
           leadership, complex problem solving, and organizational effectiveness
          Course instructor: Negotiation, Critical Thinking, Creative Thinking
          Directed research on integrating multi cultural, complex organizations
          Facilitator for Women’s Strategic Leadership Initiative

1991–1993     Commander 350th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital (MASH)
       Command and coordinate corps level hospitalization support
       Coordinated domestic support program during Dessert Storm

Prior to 1988
       Vietnam Veteran: Staff Nurse, 91st Evacuation Hospital, Chu Lai, Vietnam
       Multiple leadership, nursing, and nurse anesthesia positions covering 1968-1988


2000              Medical University of South Carolina, Doctor of Health Administration (DHA): Health Policy
                  and Leadership
1996              Army War College, Strategic Leadership
1993              University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Master of Public Health: Health Policy
1984              California University of Pennsylvania, B.S., Education/Anesthesia
1974              Mercy Hospital School of Anesthesia, Diploma: Nurse Anesthesia
1969              Columbia Hospital School of Nursing, Diploma: Nursing

       Donna Barbisch
       As of September 2011
    “Koenig and Schultz's Disaster Medicine: Comprehensive Principles and Practices,” Cambridge
      Press, chapter author (surge capacity and quarantine) 2009.
    Understanding Surge capacity: Essential Elements. Academic Emergency Medicine. Nov 2006.
    Preparing Healthcare Facilities for Catastrophic Events, Federal Roles and Responsibilities. Web
      cast American College of Healthcare Executives and Hospital Corporation of America. Feb 2006
    An Approach To Development Of A Community-Based Infrastructure For Cooperation In
      Medical Disaster Planning For The District Of Columbia. APHA 132nd Annual Meeting. 2004.
      Washington DC.
    Community Preparedness and Response to Terrorism, Johnson, et al, Praeger, 2004, Contributing
      Chapter Author: chapter: “Regional Responses to Terrorism and other Medical Disasters:
      Developing Sustainable Surge Capacity.”
    Triage for Civil Support: Using Military Medical Assets to Respond to Terror Attacks, Cecchine, et
      al, Rand Corporation, October 2004.
    The Evolution of Protecting the US: From Civil Defense to Homeland Security, American College
      of Emergency Physicians, Disaster Medicine Newsletter, August 2004
    Response to Terrorism: Preparing Healthcare Leaders for Our New Reality, McGlown, Health
      Administration Press, February 2004; Contributing chapter author: chapters: “Understanding the
      Government’s Role in Emergency Mangement” and “Integrating Civilian and Military Medical
      Resources and Response Capabilities.”
    Role of the Reserve Components in Homeland Security, The Officer, September 2003.
    Responding to Terror: A Report of the US Army War College Consequence Management
      Symposium, Tussing, August 2001, Contributor
    Identification of Barriers to the Use of Department of Defense Medical Assets in Support of
      Federal, State, and Local Authorities to Mitigate the Consequences of Domestic Bioterrorism,
      Medical University of South Carolina; 1999 Doctoral Thesis.
    US Army Readiness for Mobilization and Deployment, US Army War College, 1996
    How the Army Runs: A Senior Leader Reference Handbook, US Army War College, 1997,
      Contributing Editor
    Leading and Managing in the Strategic Arena: A Reference Text, US Army War College, 1997,
      Contributing Editor
    Army Command, Leadership, and Management: A Reference Text, US Army War College, 1997,
      Contributing Editor

    “The State of Simulation and Gaming in Training and Response” Mini Summit on Innovative
      Simulation Training Models. 2011
    “Assessing Team and Individual Performance in Disaster Medicine and Public Health
      Preparedness and Response” From Preparedness to Performance: Assessing Individual and Team
      Performance in Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness and Response - A National
      Consultation Meeting. USNORTHCOM / Yale-New Haven in support of HSPD-21. 2011
    “Homeland Security, a Vision of Preparedness” National Defense Industrial Association,
      Coordinated program on collaborative efforts for the future. September 2007
    “Terrorism and Catastrophic Events: New Challenges for Healthcare Organizations” American
      College of Healthcare Executives, Professional Education Clusters, Multiple 2 day programs,
    “Developing Sustainable Surge Capacity for a Regional Public Health Response to Terrorism and
      Other Medical Disasters” Panel Presentation, American Public Health Association, Nov 2004.
    “An Approach to Development of a Community-Based Infrastructure for Cooperation in Medical
      Disaster Planning for the District of Columbia” Poster Session, American Public Health
      Association, Nov 2004.

     Donna Barbisch
     As of September 2011
        “Medical Service in International Missions – New Challenges for Reservists” Presentation to the
         German Joint Medical Corps Conference, October 2004.
        “Surge Capacity” expert panel, Johns Hopkins, Office of Critical Event Preparedness and
         Response, May 2004.
        “Airborne Infectious Disease: The Macro View” regarding quarantine policy, Health Resources
         and Services Administration, November 2003.
        “Surge Capacity: The Seamless Emergency Medical Logistics Expansion System (SEMLES),
         Emergency Healthcare Reserve Corps, November 2003.
        “Public Health Preparedness” Global Homeland Security Conference, September 2003.
        Managing the Behavioral Consequences of Terrorism Workshop, Cross-Issues facilitator,
         Georgetown University Medical Center, June 2003.
        Developing Strategies for Deterrence: Improving capability to meet the current threat; Multiple
         presentations 1997 – 2005.
        US Policy on National Health: Management and Response to the Use of Biological Weapons;
         1999 – 2003.
        Civil Support; Where Does the Military Belong? 1998 – 2003.
        Military Operations Research Society, Requirements Determination for Chemical, Biological,
         Radiological, Nuclear, and High Explosive Devices; 1999.
        Improving Population Health: Reducing the Consequences of a Biological Attack; 1998.
        Strategic Planning and Implementation: A Senior Leaders Guide; 1998.
        Organized Health Care Delivery Systems: Improving Outcomes of Biological Warfare; 1998.
        Executive Management Responsibility in Information Management Systems; 1998.
        Flexible and Rapid Mass Casualty Redistribution Following Large Area Urban Coverage by
         Chemical and Biological Warfare Agents; 1997.
        Consequence Management Casualty Evacuation and Logistics System; 1997.
        Additional experience: commanding, teaching and conducting research in National Security
         Studies, Organizational Alignment and Structure, Strategic Leadership/Management, Critical and
         Creative Thinking, Negotiation, Organizational Change, and Diversity in Complex Organizations
         as well as positions in Clinical Anesthesia, Military Operations, Personnel, Training, Marksmanship,
         Recruiting, and Drug and Alcohol Counseling.

    Threat Reduction Advisory Committee for the Secretary of Defense, 2010 – present
    Board of Directors, Capitol Hill Village, 2011 – present
    Board of Directors, The Army Distaff Foundation, 2009 – present
    Editorial Advisory Board, Disaster Medicine and Public Health, 2008 – present
    Institute of Medicine, Committee on Medical Preparedness for a Terrorist Nuclear Attack,
      Assessing Medical Preparedness for a Nuclear Event, 2008-2009
    Executive Advisory Board, Previstar, 2007-2009
    US Vice President, Confederation of the International Officers of the Medical Reserve, 2005 –
    Board of Directors, Armed Forces Foundation, 2003 – 2008
    Homeland Security Advisory Board, American College of Forensic Examiners International, 2002
      – 2005.
    Chair Homeland Security Committee, Reserve Officers Association, 2002 – 2005.
    Washington DC, Council of Governments Biological Terrorism Task Force, 1999 – 2004.
    Civilian Advisor to the Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Civil Support, 1999-2000.
    General Officer Steering Committee for the Total Force on Domestic Support, 2000 – 2002.
    General Officer Strategic Planning Group for the future of the Army Reserve, 2000 – 2002.
    Senior Advisor on WMD planning for the Chief, Army Reserve, Domestic Support Operations,
      1996 – 2002.

     Donna Barbisch
     As of September 2011
      Senior Army Reserve Commanders Association, Executive Steering Committee, 1999 – 2002.
      Department of Veterans Affairs, Emergency Management Strategic Healthcare Group, Technical
       Advisory Committee: Chairman, Subcommittee on Quarantine, 1999 – 2004.
      Committee on Homeland Security, Reserve Forces Policy Board 2000-2002.
      Consequence Management Integration Services, Lead for Medical Issues, 1999 – 2002.
      Biological Warfare Improved Response Program, Soldier and Biological Chemical Command, 1999
       – 2001.


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   Donna Barbisch
   As of September 2011

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