The CIP Report

Animal Diseases and their Threat to Food and Food Security

Posted: February 21, 2018 at 10:25 am, Last Updated: February 21, 2018 at 10:26 am

Garrett Milne, Carleton University Animal diseases threaten the lives of millions of livestock on a daily basis. These animals are relied upon in the food supply, meaning massive losses can lead to widespread food shortages. This March, 73,500 chickens were culled on a farm in Tennessee after higher than usual numbers of birds started dying–the […]

Enhancing Food-System Resilience and Ensuring Consumer Confidence in the Aftermath of a Food-Supply Catastrophe

Posted: December 20, 2017 at 9:29 am

D.A. Unruh, S.E. Gragg, A.L. Nutsch, J.M. Ackleson and J.J. Kastner Kansas State University Introduction If true security is achieved through “the reduction of terrorism and the ability to pursue and maintain social practices and opportunities that Americans hold dear,” then the raising, growing, production, distribution, and consumption of food must be protected.[1] American agriculture […]

Protecting Critical Infrastructure: Liability Protection for Anti-terrorism Technologies from the Department of Homeland Security

Posted: December 6, 2017 at 2:08 pm

David A. McWhorter, PhDFounder, The Homeland Security Consulting Group If your company offers a product or service (including cyber) that in some way could counter a potential act of terrorism, you should already know about the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Support Anti-terrorism by Fostering Effective Technologies (SAFETY) Act authority. If you are familiar with […]

From the Director – Summer 2017

Posted: July 27, 2017 at 2:24 pm

Greetings to our community of CIP Report readers from the Center for Infrastructure Protection (CIP). The focus of this issue is the 2017 Frontiers in Resilience Symposium hosted by CIP and Sandia National Laboratories (Sandia) 10–12 May 2017 at the George Mason University Arlington Campus. Thought leaders from government, academia, private industry, and the national […]

Empowering Resilience in Energy and Water Systems: Addressing Barriers to Implementation of Urban Hydroelectric Micro-turbines

Posted: July 27, 2017 at 12:14 pm

Jennifer F. Sklarew, Ph.D., Senior Fellow for Energy Policy, Center for Energy Science and Policy, Department of Environmental Science and Policy, George Mason University Dann M. Sklarew, Ph.D., Associate Director, Potomac Environmental Research and Education Center, Department of Environmental Science and Policy, George Mason University Introduction Energy and water systems face numerous challenges to resilience. […]

Optimizing Mass Transit Transportation Resilience: Model, Implementation and Policy Directions

Posted: July 25, 2017 at 1:41 pm

By Fadi A. Karaa, PhD Director, Critical Infrastructure Systems Program, New Jersey Institute of Technology Transportation Role in Community and Societal Resilience A disruption in one or more of the modes of transportation is bound to send ripple effects in a number if not all of the infrastructure sectors due to the significant inter-dependencies between […]

Safeguarding the Resilience of Power and Transportation Infrastructures during Transitions to Sustainability

Posted: July 20, 2017 at 3:23 pm, Last Updated: July 20, 2017 at 3:24 pm

Elisabeth Graffy, Arizona State University Lucia Gauchia, Michigan Technological University Winslow Burleson, New York University Elizabeth Chalecki, University of Nebraska-Omaha Jacqueline Tidwell, Arizona State University Ellen B. Stechel, Arizona State University Global reliance on fossil fuels for electric power and transportation energy raises a spectrum of concerns about societal stability and well-being, not in small […]

Economics of Resilience: What Keeps Me Up at Night

Posted: July 18, 2017 at 1:56 pm

Vanessa N. Vargas, Sandia National Laboratories Resilience has recently emerged as a national and homeland security priority, with several efforts in progress at the local and national level. It is not a new concept and has a history within the ecological, engineering, and mental health disciplines but there is no common consensus regarding how it […]

A Human-Centered Approach to the Prioritization of Critical Infrastructure Resilience

Posted: July 13, 2017 at 2:15 pm

Susan Spierre Clark, RENEW Institute, University at Buffalo Thomas P. Seager, School for Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment, Arizona State University Introduction The current approach to infrastructure prioritization by the U.S. involves the identification of 16 critical infrastructure (CI) sectors, including the lifeline sectors of water, energy, transportation, and communications, that are considered vital […]

Integrated Risk Communication and Its Vital Role in Building Resilience in Transportation Systems

Posted: July 11, 2017 at 1:26 pm

Andrea Stone, InfraGardNCR Summary Transportation operators and modes must bring together their safety, security, and emergency management functions to enable the use of a common risk management methodology that supports integrated risk communications. User-centric risk communications allow risk managers to communicate in a relevant and timely manner through the most appropriate vehicle to enable action. […]