Resilience-Based CI and Domestic Preparedness: A Long-Overdue Imperative

Honeycomb graphic with images of the critical infrastructure sectorsFor decades, preparedness leaders have known and publicly warned about the rapidly growing and metastasizing threats to and exploitable vulnerabilities of U.S. critical infrastructure (CI). Ongoing iterations of the 1990s-era CI status quo (i.e., cybersecurity- and protection-focused efforts) have proven no match for the existing, much less looming, threats to and often self-inflicted vulnerabilities of the country’s cyber-reliant CI and domestic preparedness.

National Security: A Range of Threats

NYPD police car and other emergency vehicles behind police tape and surrounded with smokeFrom organized foreign terrorist groups to homegrown terrorists inspired by them, members of the intelligence community have indicated that the threat of attack inside the U.S. has increased to its highest point since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Communities must explore solutions to meet the ongoing challenges and “range of threats.”

The [Evil] Empire Strikes Back: National Security Emergencies

Five soldiers load boxes of water into a U.S. Navy helicopter on a tarmacAfter the Cold War fears of the 1980s ended, attention shifted from nation-state threats to terrorism and large-scale natural hazards. However, a federal emergency planner says the return of these threats should prompt a review of the national security emergencies concept to ensure communities are prepared to address them.
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