Army Official Praises Ike

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FORT LEAVENWORTH, Kan. (AP) _ Military officers, academics and historians are looking to the past this week as a guide for cooperation between the military and other agencies.

A three-day discussion hosted by Fort Leavenworth's Combat Studies Institute is examining how well government agencies have pulled together when dealing with crisis both at home and abroad.

Perhaps the best example was one that was still unfolding across Texas and the Gulf Coast. Brigadier General Robert Felderman of the U.S. Northern Command described the coordinated response that began when Ike was a pressure system off Africa.

Felderman said the level of coordination had improved since Katrina in 2005, cutting response time from 72 hours in some cases, to just minutes.