The U.S. government has an opportunity and obligation to the American people to identify, analyze, and protect against catastrophic and existential risks. Congress must lead the charge by establishing an interagency committee to assess and prepare for global disasters before they happen. Catastrophic and existential threats are a daunting but manageable problem. The Global Catastrophic Risk Management Act is the solution.
Through the Global Catastrophic Risk Management Act, Congress will require a whole-of-government evaluation of these risks from experts across our national security enterprise, and then use that analysis to inform a review of our last lines of defense for these risks. Given the importance of continuity of operations and continuity of government planning (COOP/COG) to survive risks of this scale and magnitude, existing COOP/COG plans and facilities must also be comprehensively assessed to improve the management of this risk.