Courts Have a Significant Role to Play in the Whole-of-Government Approach (WGA) to Our Safety and Security
As technology continues to expand and diversify the potential for Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosives (CBRNE) attacks, cyberattacks, and other threats to homeland security, a broad Whole-of-Government Approach (WGA) is needed. In the lead article in the online, quarterly publication of the National Association for Court Management (NACM) Court Manager Vol. 34 #4 – Winter 2019, we contend that complex 21st century threats defy solutions by individual government entities. Rather interagency coordination across all three branches of government and engagement of non-governmental agencies are key to countering threats to our public health, safety, security, way of life and democratic values. To ensure a successful WGA, we argue for the active judicial participation in advanced planning, education and coordination to anticipate the future need for court decision making. The purpose of the article is to promote serious conversation about the roles of court administrators, judges and policymakers in the face of natural and manmade disasters, epidemics and pandemics, CBRNE attacks, and cyberattacks.