HSPI Logo

Bookmark and ShareInfrastructure Protection

Protecting critical U.S. infrastructure from natural and man made attacks remains an important concern and a key policy goal at HSPI.

HSPI Publications

White Swan at the Waterfront
by Daniel Kaniewski
Security Debrief
April 19, 2011
More

Reckless Neglect: A Disaster Waiting to Happen...Again?
by Stephen Flynn, Frank J. Cilluffo, and Sharon L. Cardash
HSPI Commentary
August 28, 2009
Also featured on CNN's AC360° Blog
More

Metro's Crash Reveals Gains in Preparedness
by Daniel J. Kaniewski
The Washington Post
June 28, 2009
More

The Metrorail Crash: An Effective Regional Response
by Daniel J. Kaniewski
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."
More

Regionalizing Homeland Security: Unifying National Preparedness and Response
HSPI Report
June 30, 2006
More

Empowering America: A Proposal for Enhancing Regional Preparedness
HSPI and Heritage Foundation Task Force
April 6, 2006
More

HSPI Testimony & Presentations

In A Moment's Notice: Surge Capacity for Terrorist Bombings
Featuring Daniel J. Kaniewski
June 16-17, 2009
Washington, DC
Sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American College of Emergency Physicians

Explosive devices and high-velocity firearms are the terrorists’ weapons of choice. The devastation wrought in other countries, demonstrates the impact that can be achieved by detonating explosives among densely packed civilians. In an instant, an explosion can wreak havoc—producing numerous casualties with complex, technically challenging injuries not commonly seen after natural disasters such as floods, tornadoes, or hurricanes.  Because many patients self-evacuate after a terrorist attack, and prehospital care may be difficult to coordinate, hospitals near the scene can expect to receive a large influx—or surge—of victims after a terrorist strike. This rapid surge of victims typically occurs within minutes, exemplified by the Madrid bombings where the closest hospital received 272 patients in 2.5 hours. In addition, injuries to workers involved in recovery procedures can lead to a secondary wave in surge. More

A Tale of Our Cities: Planning for Interdisciplinary Response to Terrorist Use of Explosives Events: Boston
Featuring Daniel J. Kaniewski
June 15-16, 2009
Sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American College of Emergency Physicians

The conference built upon the success of previous “Tale of Cities" conferences that identified and proposed solutions to fill gaps in preparing and responding to terrorist bombings. Such conferences, comprised of delegations from large cities, afford invaluable opportunities to exchange ideas and information with counterparts from other cities who have had real world experience responding to terrorist bombings. This event included senior Metro Boston officials involved in medicine, emergency management and planning who collectively discussed lessons learned, identifed gaps in Boston readiness, and proposed how to cogently plan and address identified issues.

Post Katrina Emergency Management Reform Act of 2006 Implementation: An Examination of FEMA's Preparedness and Response Mission
Statement of Daniel J. Kaniewski
Before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security, Subcommittee on Emergency Communications, Preparedness, and Response
March 17, 2009
More | Video

Public Safety Briefing on the Future of FEMA and the Department of Homeland Security
Hosted by The Congressional Fire Services Institute, Longworth House Office Building, Washington, D.C. Daniel Kaniewski discussed as part of an expert panel the need for FEMA to remain a robust, core component of the Department of Homeland Security.
January 27, 2009
More

Disaster Preparedness and Response: What’s Next?
Featuring Daniel J. Kaniewski
November 19, 2008
Washington, DC
Hosted by The Consortium for Homeland Defense and Security in America

Kaniewski discussed as part of an expert panel progress in building our disaster preparedness and response capabilities, as well as key questions facing the next administration as part of the Consortium’s annual Threats at Our Threshold conference. More

California Office of Homeland Security Annual Conference
Featuring Frank J. Cilluffo
May 28, 2008
Palm Desert, CA

Cilluffo delivered remarks on “Homegrown Terrorism” as part of a panel of law enforcement officials discussing “Managing the Threats of Today and Tomorrow.” More

The National Guard and Homeland Defense
Statement of Frank J. Cilluffo
Before the U.S. Commission on the National Guard and Reserves
May 4, 2006
More

Hurricane Katrina: Recommendations for Reform
Statement of Frank J. Cilluffo, HSPI Director
Before the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
March 8, 2006
More

Preventing Terrorist Attacks on America's Chemical Plants
Statement of Frank J. Cilluffo, HSPI Director
Before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security, Subcommittee on Economic Security, Infrastructure Protection and Cybersecurity
June 15, 2005
More

Critical Infrastructure Protection: Who’s in Charge
Statement of Frank J. Cilluffo, Co-chairman, Cyber Threats Task Force, Homeland Defense Project, Center for Strategic & International Studies
Before the U.S. Senate Committee on Government Reform
October 4, 2001
More

Combating Terrorism: Options To Improve The Federal Response
Statement of Frank J. Cilluffo, Chairman, Committee on Combating Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Terrorism, Homeland Defense Initiative Center for Strategic & International Studies
Before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management and the U.S. House of Respresentatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Subcommittee on National Security, Veterans Affairs, and International Relations
April 24, 2001
More

HSPI Events

A Conversation on Cyber Security Legislation with Mike McConnell, Michael Chertoff, and Senior Congressional Staff
Policy and Research Forum Special Event
February 22, 2012
Event Video, Speaker Biographies, and Resources

A Conversation with Former DHS Secretary Tom Ridge
Policy and Research Forum Event
November 1, 2010
Event Summary

FEMA: Capabilities, Coordination and Capacity for the Future
Featuring the Honorable R. David Paulison, Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency
HSPI Policy & Research Forum event
January 13, 2009.
Event Summary

Rep. Harman and Rep. Lungren Discuss Their Legislation to Secure Our Nation's Ports
Policy & Research Forum
April 7, 2006
Safe Port Act (PDF)

HSPI Hosts Panel to Discuss White House After Action Report on Hurricane Katrina
Policy & Research Forum
February 24, 2006
The Federal Responses to Hurricane Katrina: Lessons Learned (PDF)

HSPI in the News

FCC Chief Presses Internet Providers on Cybersecurity
Bloomberg
February 22, 2012
More

Officials: Bin Laden Eyed Small Cities as Targets
CBN
May 12, 2011

More

Frightening Incidents in U.S. Skies
ABC World News
May 11, 2011

More

Recent flight incidents amplify safety fears
ABC-7
May 11, 2011

More

Bin Laden fallout: Do US trains need a 'no-ride list'?
The Christian Science Monitor
May 9, 2011

More

Info from Osama Raid Shows Interest in US Trains
F
ox5
May 5, 2011

More

Holiday anti-terrorism focus is on 'soft targets'
LA Times
December 30, 2010
More

Ridge speaks out about cargo bomb
Security Director News
November 2, 2010
More

D.C. Metro plot reminder of inherent threats to public transportation
Security Director News
November 2, 2010
More

Va. Man Charged After Working on Fake Metro Bomb Plot
MyFoxDC
October 28, 2010
More

Operation RAILSAFE To Begin Friday

Fox 5
October 5, 2010
HSPI Deputy Director, Dan Kaniewski, discusses AMTRAK's new high security exercise.
More

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

A Stronger, More Resilient Future
The Times-Picayune
August 28, 2009
More

A Metro Crash Revelation: Progress on Preparedness
The Washington Post
June 25, 2009
More

Emergency response to Metrorail crash shows post-9/11 gains
The Christian Science Monitor
June 24, 2009
More

Crash Warning System Probed in D.C.
Fox News Channel
June 23, 2009
More

Not Your Father's FEMA
by Daniel J. Kaniewski
The Washington Times
September 10, 2008
More

Response to Hurricane Gustav
Fox News
September 3, 2008
More

Transit Security Requires Chaotic Approach
by Frank J. Cilluffo and Laura P. Keith
USA Today
February 28, 2007
More

A Doomsday Priority
by Daniel J. Kaniewski
The Washington Times
April 6, 2005
More

HSPI Experts

Michael Balboni
Principal, Navigators Global
Former New York State Deputy Secretary for Public Safety
Former New York State Senator
More

Sharon L. Cardash
Associate Director, Homeland Security Policy Institute
More

Frank J. Cilluffo
Associate Vice President, The George Washington University
Director, Homeland Security Policy Institute
More

Gus Coldebella
Independent Consultant
Former General Counsel (Acting) and Former Deputy General Counsel, Department of Homeland Security
More

Kirstjen Nielsen
Managing Director and General Counsel, Civitas Group, llc
Former Special Assistant to the President, Homeland Security Council
More

John Noftsinger
Vice Provost
James Madison University
More