Write a summary analyzing the official response to an incident (natural or manmade) involving Critical Infrastructure in the United States. The incident should be one which has occurred within the past five (5) years. Describe the response, including agencies and levels of government involved. Discuss the effectiveness (or ineffectiveness) of the coordination and cooperation among federal, state, regional, local, tribal and territorial levels, and the private sector, as applicable. Describe the roles and responsibilities of the various agencies as well as any applicable laws, regulations and/or critical infrastructure protection policies. Support your discussion and analysis with authoritative, credible resources.

All submissions must include the following technical components:

A cover or title page.

Labeled topical headings (e.g., Introduction, Literature Review, Discussion, Conclusion, Recommendations, etc.)

Length: The report must contain a body of text of about 750 words (about 3 pages double-spaced, 12 point font), excluding cover, abstract, illustrations, graphs, table of contents, appendices, and reference pages. Reports significantly below or above the parameters will be downgraded. Please note that abstract, illustrations, graphs, table of contents, appendices are NOT required but if you do use them, they do not count as part of the body of text for length assessment.

A reference page containing a minimum of three (3) course-external resources used and cited in the report. References cited at the end of the report must be cited in text to illustrate how they were used.

Written in APA Style.

References available:


* Fisher, R., Norman, M., & Peerenboom, J. (2018). Resilience history and focus in the United States. INL/MIS-16-40758-Revision-0. U.S. Department of Energy, Idaho National Laboratory. [PDF here.]

* Hemme, K. (2015). Critical infrastructure protection: Maintenance is national security. Journal of Strategic Security, 8(3 Suppl.), 25-39. [PDF here.]

* Office of the Press Secretary. (2013, February 12). Presidential policy directive — Critical infrastructure security and resilience. PPD-21. The Whitehouse.

* PPD21 CIP – PDF Document

* Moteff, J. D. (2015, June 10). Critical infrastructures: Background, policy, and implementation. RL30153. U.S. Congressional Research Service.

* U.S. Department of Homeland Security. (2013). NIPP 2013: Partnering for critical infrastructure security and resilience. [National Infrastructure Protection Plan].

* U.S. Department of Homeland Security. (2008). A guide to critical infrastructure and key resources protection at the state, regional, local, tribal, and territorial level.

* A Guide to Critical Infrastructure and Key Resources – PDF Document (4.07 MB)

* 6 U.S.C. §§ 671-674 (2018). Critical infrastructure information. [PDF here.] [Alternate PDF available here.]

* Critical Infrastructure Information Act of 2002

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