'I cannot get a unified command':
There are generally two types of leaders in crisis: A.) those who adapt plans to events B.) those who try to ram events back into a plan. The former usually succeed by improvising and taking initiative. The latter are like Mike Brown.
This is an incredible story, overplayed for the wrong reasons. The first half is typical NYT spin (locals vs. prez). But the second half
takes off as it focuses on Brown and just lets him yap away. He literally was begging others to take leadership. He was helpless without 'the plan.' ... Picture a panicking Kevin Bacon in Animal House yelling, 'Everyone stay calm!' and you have Mike Brown. ... I'm being quite serious: I think there's a great case study here for Harvard Business School, Center for Quality of Management or West Point on how not to lead. ... P.S. - I know the story is a day old and Mike Brown is old history in the 24/7 news cycle. But read the article from a management standpoint, not from a political standpoint, and it's fascinating.