President Declares December "Critical Infrastructure Protection Month"

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Pledging that his administration will keep the country’s essential resources “safe and capable of recovering from disruptive incidents,” President Obama proclaimed December 2009 “Critical Infrastructure Protection Month,” in a presidential document he issued on December 2, 2009.

Dr. Stephen Flynn new director of Center for National Policy (CNP)

Wednesday, January 20, 2010
The Center for National Policy announced that Dr. Stephen Flynn has been named its sixth President commencing on January 1, 2010. Flynn's extensive work to strengthen national security while enhancing U.S. competitiveness is widely recognized and highly regarded by experts and policy makers on both sides of the political aisle. His priority for the Center will be to respond to the crisis of America's deteriorating infrastructure as a national security, environmental and economic imperative.

Palisades China Group President and CEO to Appear on CNBC’s “Executive Vision” Series on October 25

Friday, October 22, 2010
This past week, Eva Lerner-Lam, President and CEO of Palisades China Group, participated in an hour-long, infrastructure-focused segment of CNBC’s “Executive Vision” series. Program host Simon Hobbs moderated her discussion with six other executives from around the world; topics included how various countries are handling their infrastructure needs, ways that the private sector can help meet these needs, and how the U.S. can re-examine its domestic challenges.
Lerner-Lam’s fellow “Executive Vision” panelists were Daryl Dulaney, Siemens Industry President and CEO; Chris Luebkeman, Arup Director, Global Foresight and Innovation; Vahid Ownjazayeri, The Shaw Group, Vice President of Environmental & Infrastructure; Michael Valocchi, IBM Vice President, Global Business Services; Jay H. Walder, Metropolitan Transportation Authority Chairman and CEO; and Barbara Weber, B CAPITAL PARTNERS Founding Partner.

Presidential Proclamation on Critical Infrastructure Protection Month

Thursday, December 2, 2010
President Obama has proclaimed December 2010 “Critical Infrastructure Protection Month".  The proclamation supports the direction DHS Infrastructure Protection is taking to strengthen resilience through a regionally focused approach to critical infrastructure security. Stakeholders are encouraged to make this a part of your remarks, meetings, and publications. 
Be sure to follow updates about CIP Month by:
•         Tracking new Web postings by registering for updates on
•         Watching for upcoming critical infrastructure blog posts on The Blog at Homeland Security  and
•         Following on Twitter @DHSJournal. 

Announcing the Release of the 2010 Dams Sector-Specific Plan

Tuesday, December 14, 2010
The Dams Sector-Specific Plan, which focuses on the Dams Sector as one of the 18 critical infrastructure sectors, was developed to complement the National Infrastructure Protection Plan (NIPP) in achieving a safer, more secure, and more resilient infrastructure by reducing vulnerabilities, deterring threats, and minimizing the consequences of terrorist attacks, natural disasters, and other incidents. The 2010 release of the Dams Sector-Specific Plan updates the original plan issued in May 2007.

Physical Protection Systems Training Course

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

CH2M HILL’s Physical Protection Systems Training Course* presents a comprehensive approach to physical security for fixed sites such as banks, industrial plants, embassies, and corporate offices. For more than 20 years, the course has provided training on the methodology developed for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to protect the sites, materials, and components that make up the DOE weapons complex.



This course is designed for a wide variety of personnel and provides valuable training for those involved in managing, operating, maintaining, designing, analyzing, or testing security systems. Past attendees have included corporate security directors, security system managers, design engineers, guard force members, and maintenance and procurement personnel. All have credited the course with improving their job skills.



The Physical Protection Systems Training Course is a 40-hour course. Designed for a wide variety of participants, the 5-day course provides interactive training on a proven methodology for determining system objectives and designing integrated security systems incorporating the latest in security system technologies. Hands-on computer use is also included to train participants in the analysis of existing or proposed security systems using proven computer models, which are valuable tools for selecting the most cost-effective solution for specific security needs. Subgroup sessions allow participants a hands-on opportunity to apply the material covered in the preceding lecture and interact with fellow students from diverse backgrounds. We neither endorse nor represent any vendor, but instead offer an unbiased, systematic approach to determining security system objectives, understanding the principles of operation of the various equipment available and selecting the correct device for your application, and analyzing with proven computer models the relative effectiveness of proposed systems before you spend money on new equipment.

The manual used as the basis for the course is “The Design and Evaluation of Physical Protection Systems” by Mary Lynn Garcia, who attended our course in 1995.


June 20-24, 2011
Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.


The course will be held in the Hutchinson Classroom at the Holiday Inn Chantilly-Dulles Expo, 4335 Chantilly Shopping Center, Chantilly, Virginia, 20151.


Tuesday, December 13, 2011



Building on the successes of the Critical Infrastructure Symposiums of 2010 and 2011 at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, the 2012 Symposium will be held April 23-24, 2012, at Arlington Hilton Hotel in Arlington, Va. The Critical Infrastructure Symposium is hosted by The Infrastructure Security Partnership, Society of American Military Engineers, George Mason University and U.S. Military Academy. The Symposium is a collaborative learning community of students, educators, practitioners and government officials engaged in developing the next generation of critical infrastructure protection and resilience leaders, technologies and strategies.

The Critical Infrastructure Symposium is not about policy, engineering, or asset protection. Instead, it is about the integration of these disciplines with economics, insurance, security and everything else to form a coherent whole. As such, the theme for the 2012 Symposium is "Full Spectrum Resilience."

College students (undergraduate and graduate) and faculty conducting research in critical infrastructure protection and resilience are invited to submit and present papers. Industry professionals and government officials are invited to give presentations or simply attend the symposium to participate in the discussions. Student papers are essential to the success of this event and are strongly encouraged.

Representatives from George Mason University will present an infrastructure education workshop before the opening session on Monday, April 23. The goal of this workshop will be to determine best practices for adapting common critical infrastructure protection curricula to the specific educational and professional development models already in place in engineering, emergency response and security, in both the private and public sectors.

Our objective for this symposium is to keep registration costs as affordable as possible for student attendees. Registration will open in early January 2012; an announcement containing the registration link and detailed information will be e-mailed to individuals on our mailing list. We look forward to seeing you in April at the 2012 Critical Infrastructure Symposium.


Deadlines and Submission Instructions

Students and faculty must submit an abstract, paper and presentation. Professional participants are only required to submit an abstract and presentation, but may submit a paper if desired.

All presenters will be selected based on their abstract of the paper or presentation. Each abstract will contain the following information: paper title, author(s) name and affiliation, faculty advisor and affiliation if a student, recommended breakout session, 400 word abstract, and 100 word biography of the primary author. Title the file as "AUTHORS LAST NAME-PAPER TITLE.pdf" and submit the abstract file via e-mail to Bill Anderson at by February 1, 2012.

All abstracts will be reviewed and notifications sent to submitters whether their paper or presentation abstracts are accepted. Presentations will be in PowerPoint.


Key Dates 

Registration Opens:  Jan. 30, 2012

Title, abstracts and author information due:   Feb. 1, 2012

Notification of accepted presenters:  Feb. 8, 2012

Final papers and presentations due:  April 13, 2012



Schedule at a Glance

Monday, April 23


7:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.

Infrastructure Course Workshop

11:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.


11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Lunch with Speaker

1:00 p.m.-1:30 p.m.


1:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m.

Breakout Session 1

3:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m.


3:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

Breakout Session 2

6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.

Poster Session and Networking Reception

7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m.


Dinner with Speaker


Tuesday, April 24



7:30 a.m.-8:30 a.m.


8:30 a.m.-9:00 a.m.


9:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m.

Breakout Session 3

10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Closing Plenary

12:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.



Hotel Reservation Information

Please visit the Hiton Arlington website for more detailed information. Reservations must be made by calling the hotel at 703.528.6000 to ensure the group rate for this event; Rate Code - TISP Meeting. The deadline for reservations is March 23, 2012.  Please make your reservation prior to the deadline date to ensure your room rate for the event.


You won't need a driver's license by 2040

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

The timeline for autonomous cars hitting the road en masse keeps getting closer. GM's Cadillac division expects to produce partially autonomous cars at a large scale by 2015, and the automaker also predicts it will have fully autonomous cars available by the end of the decade.

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Friday, November 2, 2012


At The 2012 Critical Infrastructure Symposium, Lt. Col. Steve Hart, Ph.D., P.E., USA, and Wayne Boone, Ph.D., Carleton University, proposed the concept of "Full Spectrum Resilience" as an integrated understanding of resilience across the Levels of Resilience, the Range of Impact and the All-Hazards Environment. This concept provides a frame of reference for relating new and existing resilience initiatives to each other in order to form a comprehensive body of knowledge and practice. The 2013 Symposium will move this concept from theory to practice. The paper explaining Full Spectrum Resilience, along with all presentations for the 2012 Symposium can be found on the TISP website at



Registration opens:

Jan. 7, 2013

Title, abstracts and author information due:

Feb. 1, 2013

Notification of accepted presenters:

Feb. 14, 2013

Final papers and presentations due:

April 5, 2013



Department of Environmental Protection Announces Improved Maintenance Contributes to Fewest Water Main Breaks in Over a Decade

Friday, January 4, 2013

New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Carter Strickland announced that improved maintenance and training in the agency’s Bureau of Water and Sewer Operations have contributed to the fewest water main breaks in any year since Mayor Bloomberg took office in 2002.