Policy Forum on Infrastructure Resilience and Mission Assurance for National Security

Please join the GW Center for Cyber and Homeland Security and The Infrastructure Security Partnership (a council of the Society of American Military Engineers) on Thursday, March 24, 2016 for a policy forum on critical infrastructure resilience and its importance to national security and Department of Defense mission assurance.

The forum will focus on federal policy, critical infrastructure interdependencies, the role of regional coalitions and industry partnerships, and the imperative for government/private sector and civil/military collaboration in assessing threats and risks and efforts to mitigate the possible impacts.

Panel discussions will explore the ongoing maturation of the infrastructure protection and resilience policies of both the Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security, the extent of interagency and industry collaboration, and case examples of existing collaborative frameworks, as well as lessons learned. The agenda will include consideration of the military's dependence on the nation's electrical sector, the implications of a growing cybersecurity threat, and the Department of Energy's work with industry on behalf of its interagency partners in the interest of security and resilience.

The forum is sponsored and funded by ICF International.

Thursday, March 24, 2016
9:00am until 12:30pm
Registration and networking will begin at 8:30 am with coffee and light breakfast. The speaking program will begin at 9:00 am.

State Room | 7th Floor
George Washington University
Elliot School of International Affairs
1957 E St. NW, 7th Floor
Washington, DC 20052


Keynote Address: Infrastructure Resilience and DOD
Charles Kosak - Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense,
Defense Continuity and Mission Assurance, Department of Defense 

Panel I: Shared Interests and Shared Risks

  •     Paul Stockton (moderator) - Managing Director Sonecon, LLC and former Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense and Americas' Security Affairs
  •     Patricia Hoffman - Assistant Secretary, Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, Department of Energy
  •     Charles Kosak - Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Defense Continuity and Mission Assurance
  •     Robert Kolasky - Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Infrastructure Protection, Department of Homeland Security
  •     Brandon Wales - Director, Office of Cyber and Infrastructure Analysis, Department of Homeland Security
  •     Philip Mihlmester - Senior Vice President, Global Energy, ICF International

Keynote Address: National Infrastructure Protection Plan - Call to Action
Robert Kolasky - Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Infrastructure Protection

Panel II: Shared Perspectives and Shared Action

  •     John Paczkowski (moderator) - Senior Vice President, Homeland Security and National Resilience, ICF International
  •     Scott Breor - Director, Protective Security Coordination Division, Office of Infrastructure Protection
  •     Neil Holloran - Program Manager, Defense Critical Infrastructure Program, Cyber Warfare Engineering Division, Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren Division
  •     Mark McVey - Principal Engineer, Dominion Virginia Power
  •     Brigadier General Joseph Schroedel (USA Ret.) - Executive Director, Society of American Military Engineers