IEM Leadership

Ted Lemcke

Chief Technology Officer

Ted Lemcke, Chief Operating OfficerA graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and an Operation Desert Storm veteran, Lemcke’s military career includes having served the Army and National intelligence community in various command and staff positions. He has more than 30 years of experience with Department of Defense (DOD) and service-specific C4I systems, dating back to 1982 when he worked with the Distributed Command and Control System at the U.S. Army High Technology Test Bed.

Lemcke has been directly involved in the architecture and development of a wide range of technologies, from dispersion models to financial management systems. He was the primary architect of a simulation-based acquisition tool suite for a $2.7 billion federal program. Having saved the federal government hundreds of millions in resource requests, this tool suite received a Profiles in Innovation Product Impact Award in 2004 from the GOVSEC U.S. Law & READY! Advisory Board. Mr. Lemcke led the development of an atmospheric dispersion model that is one of only three certified by DOD for chemical and biological modeling and provided corporate leadership in the development of grant management software that is used by 79 organizations in 10 states and six federal offices used to manage an average annual budget of approximately $65 million.

He has led multiple independent tests of mission critical automation systems for the federal government, including an integrated product test for an $80-million-dollar lifecycle federal automation system used for command and control during disaster response. Representing the culmination of multiple years of system testing and evaluation, and involving federal, state, and local authorities across two states and several jurisdictions, this test ultimately prevented the government from further investments in a system that did not provide the desired return in public safety.

Lemcke has applied systems engineering approaches to policy-shaping technical analyses for defense, including analyses of vulnerabilities impacting U.S. force projection, the feasibility of sensor systems for detecting threats, and the effects of protective systems on public safety and security.

As COO, Lemcke provides leadership and strategic direction for all IEM business operations and for large, complex IEM projects. Most recently, he provided executive business management support for IEM’s execution of the State of New York’s $1 billion housing recovery program after Hurricane Sandy. Within two years, on behalf of the State of New York, IEM distributed $902 million to over 11,000 New York homeowners affected by Hurricane Sandy.

Lemcke holds a master’s degree in Environmental Science and a bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Sciences.

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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.


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.