PRESIDENT’S COMMISSION ON CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE PROTECTION

DAVID A. JONES AND JAMES P. PEERENBOOM

Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, Illinois

BRENTON C. GREENE

Northrop Grumman Corporation, McLean, Virginia

IRWIN M. PIKUS

Consultant, Bethesda, Maryland

1 INTRODUCTION

Following is a brief history that led to the creation of the President’s Commission on Critical Infrastructure Protection (PCCIP), selected details of the Commission’s inner-workings, an overview of the Presidential Decision Directive (PDD) promulgated as a result of the PCCIP report, and six research and development (R&D) areas targeted for further exploration.

It is important to fully understand the concepts of infrastructure dependency and interdependency. Figure 1 depicts illustrative infrastructure dependencies for electric power, while Figure 2 depicts examples of interdependent infrastructures. In Figure 1 examples of dependencies of other infrastructures are shown for the electric power infrastructure operation. A problem with any function can adversely affect the operation of the infrastructure. In Figure 2 the interaction of two or more functions is shown. The definition of interdependency can be found in the Glossary of Key Terms in the National Infrastructure Protection Plan—“The multi- or bi-directional reliance of an asset, system, network, or collection thereof, within or across sectors, on input, interaction, or other requirement from other sources in order to function properly.” The key to interdependency ...

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