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Critical Homeland Infrastructure Protection
DEFENSE SCIENCE BOARD WASHINGTON DC
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Attached is the final report of the DSB Task Force on Critical Homeland Infrastructure Protection. The report emphasizes the challenges facing the Department of Defense DoD with respect to protecting US homeland installations. The following areas of infrastructure protection were examined DoDDepartment of Homeland Security DHS Coordination DoD and Defense Industrial Base DIB Security Risk Management and Resource Allocation Understanding Infrastructure Interdependencies Best Practices Systems and Technologies Standards and Metrics and Information Sharing. Major recommendations include improved coordination and integration between DoD and DHS in the areas of planning, research and development RD, acquisition, operations, and training, as well as setting policy objectives to manage risks for critical assets. With respect to best practices, the Task Force recommends DHSIP to monitor, collect, and share best practices for all sectors, especially to owners of critical facilities. The Task Force also recommends to DoD that DDRE be assigned to develop a joint RD program with DHS Science and Technology ST to address infrastructure security and protection technical challenges. Most important, DoD should develop an integrated program to address policies, practices, and procedures for mitigating risks to critical assets and operations, allowing exemptions to acquire and protect sensitive DIB information where necessary.
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