Integrated partnerships between Federal, State, and local governments and the private sector must be established in order to accomplish effective planning and preparedness as well as timely response and recovery to terrorist attacks and natural disasters. Any attack or major natural disaster affecting the 17 critical infrastructures and key resources (CI/KR) would greatly disrupt our nation's way of life and have a rippling effect throughout the country. The homeland security goals to avoid and respond to such events are set forth in Homeland Security Presidential Directives 5, 7, 8 and 9 and, if they are to be achievable, require an inclusive partnership framework. The Sector Partnership Model intends to establish the framework for an unprecedented level of public-private cooperation necessary to secure these assets. The model has its foundation in previous National Infrastructure Advisory Council (NIAC) recommendations. In April 2003, the NIAC examined the topic of how to coordinate crisis event management among the critical infrastructures. The NIAC concluded that cross-sector protection, response and crisis planning and management coordination is fundamental to the rapid restoration of critical infrastructures. These findings and recommendations were a foundation for the Sector Partnership Model.
National Infrastructure Advisory Council: http://www.dhs.gov/xprevprot/committees/editorial_0353.shtm