Working Group 3: Infrastructure Analysis, Protection and Recovery


(Updated 31 October 2013)

Purpose: The IAPR Working Group promotes the exchange of ideas concerning current thinking on critical infrastructure and key resources (CIKRs), their capabilities, and their impact on national security.  Specifically, the WG will explore and discuss the changing opportunities, capabilities, and vulnerabilities of CIKRs.  Emphasis will be on new techniques, capabilities, and studies that help to improve the protection and recovery of CIKRs for national security.

Discussion: Presidential Policy Directive 21 (PPD21) summarizes the government's objective with regard to critical infrastructure: “The Federal Government also has a responsibility to strengthen the security and resilience of its own critical infrastructure, for the continuity of national essential functions, and to organize itself to partner effectively with and add value to the security and resilience efforts of critical infrastructure owners and operators." In PPD21, the term resilience is defined explicitly to mean “the ability to prepare for and adapt to changing conditions and withstand and recover rapidly from disruptions.”

Critical infrastructure systems can be military or civilian.  Critical infrastructure systems in the United States consist of a diversity of interdependent networks and more complex systems, varied operating and ownership models, systems in both the physical world and cyberspace, and stakeholders from varied organizations and multi-jurisdictional levels. 

Because of their interconnected nature, infrastructure systems face the potential for large-scale disruption resulting from both deliberate threats (e.g., attacks, sabotage) and non-deliberate hazards (e.g., accidents, failures, natural disasters). Large-scale disasters have revealed that decision makers often struggle to identify or determine key components and interdependency relationships in infrastructure systems, optimal resource allocation to increase resilience or reduce risk, and optimal response plans.

This group will discuss and explore analytical methods that can create a better understanding of the issues and implications involved and develop alternative approaches to protection and recovery of CIKRs.

The working group will also investigate the status and future prospects of CIKRs and explore analytical methods employed by other nations involved in infrastructure protection and recovery.

Other Working Groups:The IAPR Working Group may hold periodic joint sessions with the following other working groups:

  • WG 1 - Strategic Operations National Security Analysis
  • WG 2 - Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) Defense
  • WG 4 – Homeland Security, Homeland Defense and Civil Support
  • WG 21 – Operational Energy