Smart Policy
July 16, 2020
16:00 - 17:00 BST
Nan Roman
Christopher Brannigan

What we can learn from the armed forces during a pandemic

Inspiration and Aspiration

This session will explore how and why military expertise were so vital to the Covid response in the UK and what lessons the homelessness sector can learn from this approach.

Planning within a crisis involves complex and undefined problems requiring fast thinking and easy-to-deliver solutions, the more usual preserve of military planners. The military has been involved in the planning and execution of responses to the Covid 19 crisis in roles both visible and invisible to the public, from rapidly building emergency medical infrastructure to monitoring and tackling the spread of disinformation about the virus.

This session will explore how and why military expertise were so vital to the Covid response in the UK and what role agile, responsive crisis planning could play in future as we get used to living with the virus, and what lessons the homelessness sector can learn from this approach.

Nan Roman is President and CEO of the National Alliance to End Homelessness.

Christopher Brannigan is a senior fellow for Policy Exchange.

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