Appendix A. Glossary

Many of the definitions in this glossary are derived from language from federal laws, acts, and included in national plans including the Homeland Security Act of 2002, the USA Patriot Act of 2001, the national instant management system, and the national response plan, as well as common phrases and jargon from the mission-critical world.

I have often been accused of having my own hybrid language, one I call a cross between hip-hop and engineering. Friends, clients, and customers often smile and shake their heads when I go off on my techno-babble diatribes. The world of mission-critical infrastructure—that is, "rocketship real estate"—has its unique language relevant to real estate acquisitions, outside plan considerations, inside plan considerations, maintenance management, and service-level agreements. You need to use a certain amount of patience to understand the language. Do not push back. Be brave, and embrace some of the language.

All hazards

An approach for prevention, protection, preparedness, response, and recovery that addresses a full range of threats and hazards including domestic terrorist attacks, natural and man-made disasters, accidental disruptions, and other emergencies.


Contracts, facilities, property, and electronic and nonelectronic records and documents. Unobligated or unexpected balances of appropriations in funds or resources.

Backup generators

A methodology for creating or storing backup files. The youngest or most recent file is referred ...

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