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Lessons Learned from the Boston Marathon Bombings:

This is an opportunity to follow the lessons learned from the event in Boston.

by Eric Holdeman / July 7, 2013

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WASHINGTON – U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Chairman Tom Carper (D-Del.) and Ranking Member Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) will hold a hearing titled “Lessons Learned from the Boston Marathon Bombings: Preparing for and Responding to the Attack” on Wednesday July 10, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. in room 342 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington, D.C.


The terrorist attack that occurred during the 117th Boston Marathon serves as a reminder that while the U.S. has made great progress in combating terrorism, terrorists at home and abroad still seek to carry out brutal attacks against Americans. While the first priority is to stop these before they occur, it is also important to ensure that when prevention fails, federal, state and local entities are well prepared to immediately respond to the attacks and mitigate their effects.


This hearing is intended to examine the steps that were taken to prepare Boston for threats such as these and the response that followed. In particular, witnesses will discuss the specific steps Boston had taken to prepare for incidents such as these; how these affected the response to the attack; and any significant challenges or lessons-learned that they have identified from the response. They will also share their perspective on whether federal support contributed to the city’s preparedness and the effectiveness of federal support during and after the attack.


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The U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs will hold the hearing, “Lessons Learned from the Boston Marathon Bombings: Preparing for and Responding to the Attack.”



The Honorable Richard Serino

Deputy Administrator

Federal Emergency Management Agency

U.S. Department of Homeland Security


Kurt N. Schwartz

Undersecretary for Homeland Security and Emergency Management

Executive Office of Public Safety and Security

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts


Edward F. Davis III


Boston Police Department

City of Boston


Arthur L. Kellermann, M.D.

Paul O’Neill Alcoa Chair in Policy Analysis

RAND Corporation



Wednesday, July 10, 2013

10:00 a.m.



342 Dirksen Senate Office Building

Washington, D.C.