Infrastructure Protection Commentary Series Archive

Critical Lessons from the Federal Response to the Gulf Oil Crisis (PDF)

August 10, 2010

One of the primary challenges federal officials faced during the Gulf disaster was not operational but political. To address the challenges that local, state, and federal officials faced, the Oil Pollution Act (and associated plans) should be amended to conform to the predominant disaster response policy, the Robert T. Stafford Act.

No Longer On Auto-Pilot: Aviation Security and Intelligence Reform (PDF)

January 09, 2010

Yesterday afternoon, President Obama made the latest in a series of statements regarding the attempted Christmas Day bombing. Over time more details will undoubtedly become available as investigations continue and efforts to remedy the defects in this case unfold. What is clear, however, is that there was a multilevel systemic failure, in terms of both aviation security and our intelligence architecture.

Reckless Neglect: A Disaster Waiting to Happen...Again? (PDF)

August 28, 2009

While Katrina serves as a forceful reminder of the inevitability of natural disasters, it underscores another important lesson: the risk we will become victims will rise dramatically if we neglect infrastructure. In the end, it was not an Act of God that doomed so many New Orleanians. It was the neglect of man.

The Metrorail Crash: An Effective Regional Response (PDF)

June 23, 2009

Yesterday’s Metro accident demonstrated that the post-9/11 increased focus on local and regional preparedness has not only better prepared the Washington area for acts terrorism, but also for the full range of incidents the area faces.

Canada and the United States: Time for a Joint Threat Assessment? (PDF)

April 22, 2009

The present landscape, marked by new threats and uncertainties, presents a challenge—but also an opportunity—for Canada and the United States. A joint threat assessment, conducted and published by the two countries, could be a powerful protective tool on both sides of the 49th parallel. It need not—and should not—diminish sovereign capabilities and capacities on either side; to the contrary, it could enhance both.