The National Infrastructure Protection Pl Partnering For Critical Infrastructure Security And Resilience

1537 Words Dec 1st, 2016 7 Pages
Introduction
Defined by the Patriot Act of 2001, critical infrastructures are; "systems and assets, whether physical or virtual, so vital to the United States that the incapacity or destruction of such systems and assets would have a debilitating impact on security, national economic security, national public health or safety, or any combination of those matters" (107th Congress, 2001). The National Infrastructure Protection Plan: Partnering for Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience (NIPP 2013) guides the national effort managing risks that may threaten our Nation’s critical infrastructure. The NIPP identifies 16 critical infrastructure sectors (derived from PPD-21) which are vital to our Nation. These critical infrastructures are a diverse cross-section of government and private-sector functions such as the chemical and communications sectors to dams and the nuclear reactors sectors. The interruption of any would significantly degrade our “national security, national economic security, national public health or safety, or any combination thereof” (NIPP, 2013). Each of these infrastructure sectors is vulnerable to a variety of degrading events such as natural disasters or terrorist attacks. Of the 16 critical infrastructure sectors, the Food and Agriculture sector is critical to our Nation’s survival, but at the same time, susceptible to disruption and impacted by these events. This paper will examine the Food and Agriculture sector and what steps the…

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