IEM Leadership

Richard Rowe (MG US ARMY, RET.)

Acting Chief Operating Officer

Rich Rowe, Acting COORichard Rowe, Major General US Army (Retired), joined IEM upon completion of a 37-year career of service to our nation. He served in senior leadership positions with the U.S. Forces–Iraq, Joint Force Headquarters–National Capital Region (NCR), U.S. Northern Command (NORTHCOM), U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, and the 82d Airborne Division, and managed program budgets in excess of $1 billion.

As the NORTHCOM Director of Operations, Mr. Rowe coordinated Department of Defense (DOD) response preparations for all major national disasters from 2004 to 2006, including Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Wilma. He traveled with DHS Secretary Chertoff to conduct on-site reviews of 2006 hurricane preparations, and led the effort to evolve the DOD Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and high-yield Explosives (CBRNE) Response Force and DOD disaster response concepts in the homeland.

From 2007 to 2009, as a senior Army Commander, Mr. Rowe commanded the Joint Force Headquarters–NCR. He led 5,000 personnel to execute regular ceremonial events and to provide support to the President, the Secretary of Defense, and the Chief of Staff of the Army. He managed DOD support to the U.S. Secret Service, FBI, and other federal agencies for National Special Security Events (NSSEs) in the NCR, including the 56th Presidential Inauguration, Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to Washington, the G-20 Conference, and the opening of the Nationals ballpark. Ensuring preparedness for the National Capital Region involved extensive interagency coordination with the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia emergency management officials, the National Guard, law enforcement, first responders, and other local and federal agencies.

For Operation Iraqi Freedom, he was the Director of the Iraq Training and Advisory Team, mentoring the Minister of Interior, synchronizing the equipping, training, and professionalization of the 550,000-person Iraqi police force, and developing emergency/contingency planning for evolving threat scenarios. He identified major security and safety constraints and developed recruiting, staffing, and training solution sets for each. These improvements supported Iraqi Police readiness to assume primary responsibility for safety in their communities.

Mr. Rowe holds a Master’s of Science degree in Business Administration, a Master’s in Military Arts and Sciences, and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics.

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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.