IEM Leadership

Abu Talib

Director of Defense Programs

For more than 30 years, Abu Talib, IEM’s Director of Defense Programs, has provided technical and programmatic leadership to Department of Defense (DOD) research and development acquisition programs, including both programs of record and quick-reaction capabilities. His work includes providing program, engineering, and technical support to the DOD Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical and Biological Defense (JPEO CBD) and supporting the Program Executive Office for Assembled Chemical Weapons Alternatives (PEO ACWA) through systems engineering, facility startup, operational assessments, and risk management. He is an expert in programmatic risk management for transitioning mature systems and technologies (Technology Readiness Levels 5–6) to engineering and manufacturing stages.

In 2012, Talib was recognized by PEO ACWA for exceptional leadership in assessing cost and schedule risks and ensuring compliance with federal cost management regulations.

Prior to joining IEM, Talib held senior management positions at Noblis, Mitretek Systems, and the MITRE Corporation, where he established a portfolio of national defense and homeland security programs providing science, technology, and engineering support to critical chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) defense programs. In addition to his extensive experience with DOD acquisition and IT programs, Talib has also provided technical support to the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Energy on CBRN defense and alternative energy systems programs. He has led numerous international collaborations, including an initiative between Japan and China to demilitarize abandoned chemical weapons, and several missions to help Egypt, India, Indonesia, and Pakistan to develop feasible, country-specific alternative energy solutions.

Talib holds master’s and bachelor’s degrees in Chemical Engineering, and  is a member of the Association of the United States Army and the National Defense Industrial Association.

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IEM became one of the first companies to focus solely on emergency management and to use quantitative data and science to inform decisions in emergency management. Over the past 35 years, IEM has grown from a company of one to an employer of over 550 employees, and has provided clients and communities with innovative solutions that produce results and save lives.

The Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program (CSEPP) is jointly managed by FEMA and the U.S. Army. The program ensures maximum protection for the communities surrounding U.S. chemical weapons stockpile sites. Since 1993, IEM has provided program integration services to FEMA and through FEMA to the states and counties that are part of CSEPP.

In 1999, FEMA selected IEM to be the CSEPP onsite Program Management and Integration Contractor. IEM worked with program managers to develop a flexible protection framework that broke down the “maximum protection” mandate into measurable benchmarks. These benchmarks have been adopted by emergency managers in 10 states, 40 countries, and one Tribal Nation.
IEM was awarded a five-year BPA with FEMA to continue working to further CSEPP initiatives between 2000 and 2004. During this time IEM was contracted to develop a secure website to facilitate communication and information-sharing among CSEPP planners nationwide who work in different jurisdictions. The website IEM created now has over 1,000 active users who use it as their primary source of CSEPP information. IEM also developed a demonstration version of an interactive computer-based “game” designed to illustrate the effects of different protective action decisions in a CSEPP emergency to citizens in the Madison County, KY, CSEPP community.

FEMA awarded IEM a second five-year BPA from 2005-2011. IEM was asked to provide CSEPP technical and analytical studies, risk assessments, support for development of programmatic guidance and preparation of reports to Congress. IEM was required to evaluate the Oregon CSEPP community’s readiness in the event of a depot incident. IEM also assisted in the planning and execution of regular readiness exercises and supported pre-exercise meetings. IEM’s work for CSEPP has been recognized on multiple levels. In 2004, FEMA and IEM received a Profiles in Innovation Award for Emergency Preparedness and Response Excellence from GOVSEC (Government Security Expo and Conference). IEM continues to work with FEMA to increase preparedness and achieve measurable results.

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QEM uses the information gathered from conducting different scenarios to calculate the risk and impact of implementing different risk-reducing strategies. It pinpoints the actions that are the most effective at reducing risk across a wide spectrum of potential events. QEM allows clients to know the best way to allocate funds and bridge gaps in preparedness without spending thousands of dollars to implement ideas that cannot work.

QEM’s methodology has been applied to hundreds of IEM projects, such as readiness assessments, chemical plant mitigation studies, protective action analyses, and hurricane evacuation planning. The U.S. Army and FEMA have repeatedly used QEM technology to assess strategies to protect citizens in case of an accidental release of chemical agents. DOD’s Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) also utilized QEM to quantify the effectiveness of various chemical defense systems. The software continues to provide valuable solutions to clients.