Tagged: infrastructure

Mega-Droughts, Super-Storms, and Civil Unrest: Buckling Down for the Impacts of Climate Change

Mega-droughts, floods, and super-storms are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to climate-change-driven events, and the US Defense Department fears that the United States’ infrastructure isn’t prepared to take the damage. Preparation for, rather than prevention of, disasters may soon be the name of the game for...

Power Grid Needs a Cybersecurity Boost: Bipartisan Policy Center Report Finds Weaknesses in U.S. Critical Infrastructure Protection

In February, the Co-chairs of the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Electric Grid Cybersecurity Initiative, together with the National Homeland Security Project, published a report of findings on the security status of the nation’s electricity infrastructure. Protecting this power grid from cyber attacks is critical to national security in an environment where...

Condition and Performance Evaluation of U.S. Transportation Infrastructure

Following the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) prepared empirical reports for Congress detailing the condition, performance, and future investment needs of the nation’s transit systems. This 2013 Status of the Nation’s Highways, Bridges, and Transit: Conditions and Performance report is the tenth in a series...

Federal Government’s Track Record on Cybersecurity and Critical Infrastructure

The Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs released today a new report that outlines the recent failures of the federal government to prevent cyberattacks on the nation’s critical infrastructure. The report, “The Federal Government’s Track Record on Cybersecurity and Critical Infrastructure”, looks into the cyber vulnerabilities of six...

DHS Releases 2013 National Infrastructure Protection Plan (NIPP)

Following the February 2013 issuance of Presidential Policy Directive 21 (PPD-21) that called for an update to the 2009 National Infrastructure Protection Plan (NIPP), the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has released its newest plan: “NIPP 2013: Partnering for Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience.” The Plan “outlines how government and...

Executive Order: It’s Time to Prepare the U.S. for Climate Change

With the threat of climate-related disasters on the rise, the Obama Administration has released an executive order discussing the need to prepare the U.S. for the effects of climate change. “Executive Order 13653: Preparing the United States for the Impacts of Climate Change” discusses the necessity to invest in infrastructure...

Ten Years of Cyber Safety: October is Cyber Security Awareness Month

This year marks the 10th anniversary of National Cyber Security Awareness Month. The program’s goal is to bring awareness about safety while exploring the vast and sometimes risky internet. Cyber safety is a constantly changing issue, and with the introduction of internet-friendly mobile phones, tablets, and even gaming systems, risks...

Protecting U.S. Nuclear Facilities from Terrorist Attack

"Protecting U.S. Nuclear Facilities from Terrorist Attack: Re-assessing the Current 'Design Basis Threat' Approach" The Nuclear Proliferation Prevention Project of the Lyndon Baines Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas, Austin has released a working paper entitled, "Protecting U.S. Nuclear Facilities from Terrorist Attack: Re-assessing the Current...

Economic Benefits of Increasing Electric Grid Resilience to Weather Outages

In a new report released by the Executive Office of the President,"Economic Benefits of Increasing Electric Grid Resilience to Weather Outages," the importance of modernizing the nation's electric grid is examined. The report, which builds off of President Obama's 2011 strategy, "A Policy Framework for the 21st Century Grid," argues...

U.S. Bridges: In a State of Disrepair

Transportation for America has released its updated report on America’s transportation infrastructure entitled “The Fix We’re in For: The State of Our Nation’s Bridges.” The report analyzes data and statistics on bridges all across the country and finds that 11 percent of all bridges in the United States are structurally...