From the Director – March/April 2016

Posted: April 25, 2016 at 10:42 am

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Welcome to the April 2016 edition of The CIP Report, in which we investigate the key role played by state and local regions in Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience. It is at the regional, state, and local level that vital efforts to respond to and mitigate disasters takes place, as well as the collaborative work of putting broader national strategies into operation. Our contributors this month have provided their insight into these localized aspects of the critical infrastructure space.

Denise Krepp, former Senior Counsel to the House Homeland Security Committee, provides her views on recent disruptions to the Washington Metro system and resulting cascade effects that followed. Andrea Stone of InfraGard follows with a discussion of the critical factors that affect private and public efforts to build resilience into transportation infrastructure. She summarizes four key elements that promote an environment for resilient planning and thought.

Next, Christopher Ryan of the University of Maryland Center for Health and Homeland Security describes recent efforts put forward by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments and InfraGard National Capital Region to engage in dialogue with critical infrastructure stakeholders in the D.C. region as part of their mission to promote local resilience. Authors from the International Center for Enterprise Preparedness (InterCEP) at New York University provide a look at the Metropolitan Resilience Network, an innovative private/public sector program that promotes resilience by addressing the full spectrum of disruptions that diminish the overall resilient capacity of regional infrastructure.

In our final selection, Dr. Sylvana Croope of the Delaware Department of Transportation outlines an approach to resilience that incorporates elements of human engineering that considers the manner in which people function in their working environment and relate to each other.

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Mark Troutman. PhD
Director, CIP/HS


Four Key Imperatives to Building Effective Transportation Infrastructure Resilience

Posted: March 14, 2016

InfraGard’s Andrea Stone discusses the critical factors that affect private and public efforts to build resilience into transportation infrastructure, summarizing four key elements that promote an environment for resilient planning and thought.

MWCOG and InfraGardNCR Key to Government Engagement with Private Sector Critical Infrastructure Stakeholders

Posted: March 22, 2016

Christopher Ryan of the University of Maryland Center for Health and Homeland Security describes recent efforts put forward by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments and InfraGard National Capital Region to engage in dialogue with critical infrastructure stakeholders in the D.C. region as part of their mission to promote local resilience.

Regional Networks for Operational Intelligence & Agility: Focusing on Day-to-Day Operations and Advancing Strategic Resilience

Posted: April 5, 2016

Co-authors William G. Raisch, Carlos E. Restrepo, Parker M. Coyne, Carol A. Shields, and Amelia R. Swan from the International Center for Enterprise Preparedness (InterCEP) at New York University provide a look at the Metropolitan Resilience Network, an innovative private/public sector program that aims to promote resilience by addressing the full spectrum of disruptions that diminish the overall resilient capacity of regional infrastructure.

Challenges for Implementing Resilience during Normal Time: a Human Engineering Approach

Posted: April 20, 2016

Dr. Sylvana Croope of the Delaware Department of Transportation makes a case for an approach to thinking about resilience that incorporate elements of human engineering, the branch of engineering science that explores how people function in their working environment, both in relation to their environment and each other.

Thoughts on Resilience: What Happens When WMATA Shuts Down?

Posted: April 12, 2016

Denise Krepp, former Senior Counsel to the House Homeland Security Committee and current Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner in Washington, DC, provides her views on recent disruptions to the public transit system in the Washington Metro area, with an emphasis on the cascading effects felt by DC residents that resulted both from the disruptions and failures of communication with the public that followed.

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