Critical Infrastructure Partnership Strategic Assessment: Final Report and Recommendations   [open pdf - 440KB]

This final report assesses the current status of public-private partnerships to protect critical infrastructure in the United States and provides recommendations for strengthening this relationship. "The National Infrastructure Advisory Council (NIAC) affirms that productive collaboration among federal agencies, state and local governments, and the private businesses that own and operate roughly 90 percent of the nation's critical infrastructures will lead to a safer, more secure, and resilient United States. Because partnerships play a central role in homeland security, the NIAC endeavored to assess the effectiveness of the public-private partnership for critical infrastructure protection and recommend opportunities to strengthen it. The public-private partnership to protect the nation's critical infrastructures is a novel collaboration that has been growing and maturing since the 1990s. After the September 11 terrorist attacks, it expanded to include additional sectors, businesses, and state, local, and regional entities. The partnership aligns the interests of the private and public sectors to work together toward the shared goal of secure and resilient infrastructures without the need for excessive regulation. The Council continues to believe that where market forces are free to operate, they will be the most efficient and efficacious vehicle to enhance the security posture of critical infrastructures (NIAC 2004). The tangible benefits of this partnership can be seen in U.S. chemical facilities, nuclear power plants, water systems, transportation networks, and other critical infrastructures, which are safer and more secure than they were before the partnership-an achievement made in a non-partisan manner under Democratic and Republican Administrations."

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