Accession Number:

ADA454016

Title:

Critical Infrastructure and Key Assets: Definition and Identification

Descriptive Note:

Congressional rept.

Corporate Author:

LIBRARY OF CONGRESS WASHINGTON DC CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2004-10-01

Pagination or Media Count:

20.0

Abstract:

The National Strategy for the Physical Protection of Critical Infrastructures and Key Assets NSPP details a major part of the Bush administrations overall homeland security strategy. Implementing this Strategy requires clear definition of critical infrastructures and key assets. Although the Strategy provides such definitions, the meaning of critical infrastructure in the public policy context has been evolving for decades and is still open to debate. Twenty years ago, infrastructure was defined primarily with respect to the adequacy of the nation s public works. In the mid-1990s, however, the growing threat of international terrorism led policy makers to reconsider the definition of infrastructure in the context of homeland security. Successive federal government reports, laws and executive orders have refined, and generally expanded, the number of infrastructure sectors and the types of assets considered to be critical for purposes of homeland security. The USA PATRIOT Act of 2001P.L. 107-56 contains the federal government s most recent definition of critical infrastructure. The NSPP contains the most recent detailed list of critical infrastructures and assets of national importance. The list may continue to evolve, however, as economic changes or geopolitical developments influence homeland security policy.

Subject Categories:

  • Administration and Management
  • Government and Political Science
  • Sociology and Law
  • Civil Defense

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE