David Kaufman
Vice President and Director, Safety and Security


David Kaufman is the Vice President and Director for Safety and Security at CNA. He is responsible for executive management, development, and execution of CNA's work in the areas of public safety, homeland security, emergency management, and public health.

Kaufman is the former Associate Administrator for Policy, Program Analysis, and International Affairs at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), where from 2009 to 2015 he provided leadership, analysis, coordination, and decision-making support on a wide range of Agency policies, strategy, plans, programs, and key initiatives.

Kaufman is an internationally recognized leader in homeland security and disaster management. His notable accomplishments include developing FEMA's Whole Community Approach to Emergency Management and its supporting doctrine; launching the Strategic Foresight Initiative, exploring the impacts of global trends on disaster management; and co-created a ten country Multinational Resilience Policy Group.

Kaufman is the Chair of the National Academy of Sciences Planning Committee for Science-Based Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Resilience Exercises, and a member of the Academies' Resilient America Roundtable. He teaches in Georgetown University's graduate program in Emergency and Disaster Management, and is a faculty member at the Naval Postgraduate School's Center for Homeland Defense and Security.


April 23, 2020

David Kaufman says, "Notwithstanding how this government has talked about the DPA, it has used it regularly in a wide range of areas."

Newsweek: "Here's How New York Governor Andrew Cuomo Could Use the Federal Defense Production Act to Get More Coronavirus Supplies"

April 7, 2020

David Kaufman says, "You've got more need than you have supply and some areas have a more critical need than others – with a scarce commodity you would want to try to redirect that,"

Talking Points Memo: "What Power Does the Federal Government Really Have to Seize Medical Supplies?"

April 6, 2020

David Kaufman says, "What we are dealing with here is that there isn't sufficient supply and that's a situation where the priority rating system isn't a sufficient answer."

WIRED: "The Defense Production Act Won't Fix America's Mask Shortage"

March 31, 2020

David Kaufman says, "We've had some really big disasters that have really stressed the systems and the systems' capacity to procure what it needs in time. That is something for which DPA is designed."

E&E News: "How the Defense Production Act Became a Disaster Law"

March 27, 2020

David Kaufman says, "DPA authority is great to talk about, but if the commodities don't exist here in the scale and quantity needed for demand, claiming the first off the line for what does exist is not really solving the problem."

FiveThirtyEight: "Trump Fully Invoking the Defense Production Act Would Help, but It Won't Fix Everything"

February 21, 2020

David Kaufman says, "Dense urban populations, modern economies, modern life depend on flow. Not just infrastructure, but what is flowing through that infrastructure."

Supply Chain Quarterly: "Seven Steps to Counter Catastrophe"