Critical Infrastructure Protection Regional Programmic Working Group
Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) is a high priority in the NCR. Specific industries, assets and systems are designated “critical infrastructures” because their functioning is essential to the lives, health, economic well-being, national security and morale of American citizens. Multiple national directives highlight CIP and call for public/private collaboration and a risk management approach in addressing CIP issues. The NCR has included CIP as a key objective in its Urban Area Homeland Security Strategy. The NCR’s Eight Commitments to Action identified CIP as a key issue area and the NCR Urban Area Homeland Security Strategy set as strategic objectives to “reduce the NCR’s vulnerability to terrorism” and “minimize the damage and recover from attacks that do occur” – both objectives of CIP.
The CIP mission for the NCR is complex. Activities and programs to address CIP must cross jurisdictional boundaries in order to adequately address both independent issues as well as interdependencies among sectors, and must engage public, private, and non-profit stakeholders. There are many national initiatives and policy directives that need to be addressed and incorporated as well as state and local priorities that must be integrated. The NCR CIP working group has been developed to coordinate CIP across the region. This working group is necessary to provide a resource for the region with regard to CIP issues as well as to provide direction for the NCR.
The NCR CIP working group is organized with equal representation from Maryland, Virginia, District of Columbia, and the ONCRC The Committee has taken responsibility for coordinating the development and execution of the regional CIP strategy that builds on the utilization of non-UASI funding awarded prior to the development of the current UASI program.