The ARRL and ARC got sucked into a void which should have been filled by Local Gov & FEMA. The mission changed from H&W to supplying local tactical comm, almost the instant they hit the ground. A very bad case of Mission Creep!! The ARRL and ARC leadership were not prepared to deal with the scope of the need nor the politics of FEMA that they were faced with. Apparently there were some leadership issues on the ground within the ARRL contingent ... something that seems to be inevitable in every event I have been involved with for the last 50 years. The volunteers should be commended for their efforts. The question is, should the leadership have anticipated the failure of local gov. and FEMA? Given the severity of the storm, that this was the third FEMA deployment in a very short period, and given PR's financial/gov/infra difficulties leading up to the storm .... it's not unrealistic to have expected some major problems on the ground. (20/20 hind site) Intentions were good ... no excellent..., but management & leadership experience and competence was lacking for the circumstances. Lastly ... Amateur Radio needs to move into the 21st Century with regards to Ecomm. We need experience with and rapid deployment of high speed, dedicated digital links (not common carrier WINLINK - they have other traffic to handle). We have all the technology we need, but lack the will to use it! A reminder - the ARRL radiogram has not changed in nearly 100 years!! SAD! dit dit.