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 Collection: Congressional Research Service Reports
Critical Infrastructures: What Makes an Infrastructure Critical?

Critical Infrastructures: What Makes an Infrastructure Critical?

Date: January 29, 2003
Creator: Moteff, John D; Copeland, Claudia & Fischer, John W
Description: A fluid definition of what constitutes a critical infrastructure could complicate policymaking and actions. At the very least, a growing list of infrastructures in need of protection will require the federal government to prioritize its efforts. Essentially the federal government will have to try to minimize the impact on the nation’s critical infrastructure of any future terrorist attack, taking into account what those impacts might be and the likelihood of their occurring.
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Safeguarding the Nation's Drinking Water: EPA and Congressional Actions

Safeguarding the Nation's Drinking Water: EPA and Congressional Actions

Date: December 18, 2002
Creator: Tiemann, Mary
Description: None
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Critical Infrastructures: Background, Policy, and Implementation

Critical Infrastructures: Background, Policy, and Implementation

Date: December 17, 2002
Creator: Moteff, John D
Description: The nation’s health, wealth, and security rely on the production and distribution of certain goods and services. The array of physical assets, processes and organizations across which these goods and services move are called critical infrastructures (e.g. electricity, the power plants that generate it, and the electric grid upon which it is distributed). Computers and communications, themselves critical infrastructures, are increasingly tying these infrastructures together. This report aims to address the concern that this reliance on computers and computer networks raises the vulnerability of the nation’s critical infrastructures to “cyber” attacks.
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Homeland Security - Reducing the Vulnerability of Public and Private Information Infrastructures to Terrorism: An Overview

Homeland Security - Reducing the Vulnerability of Public and Private Information Infrastructures to Terrorism: An Overview

Date: December 12, 2002
Creator: Seifert, Jeffrey W
Description: None
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Terrorist Nuclear Attacks on Seaports: Threat and Response

Terrorist Nuclear Attacks on Seaports: Threat and Response

Date: December 10, 2002
Creator: Medalia, Jonathan
Description: None
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Terrorism and Security Issues Facing the Water Infrastructure Sector

Terrorism and Security Issues Facing the Water Infrastructure Sector

Date: December 9, 2002
Creator: Copeland, Claudia & Cody, Betsy A
Description: None
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Airport Improvement Program

Airport Improvement Program

Date: November 29, 2002
Creator: Kirk, Robert S
Description: This issue brief discusses the Airport Improvement Program and its complement, the Passenger Facility Charge (PFC). After a brief history of federal support for airport construction and improvement, the report describes AIP funding, its source of revenues, funding distribution, the types of projects the program funds, AIP and PFC policy issues, and the allowable use of AIP funds for airport security purposes.
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Maritime and Port Security: A Comparison of Major Provisions of S. 1214 and H.R. 3983

Maritime and Port Security: A Comparison of Major Provisions of S. 1214 and H.R. 3983

Date: November 12, 2002
Creator: Frittelli, John F
Description: None
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Western Water Resource Issues

Western Water Resource Issues

Date: October 25, 2002
Creator: Cody, Betsy A & Sheikh, Pervaze A
Description: None
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Terrorist Nuclear Attacks on Seaports: Threat and Response

Terrorist Nuclear Attacks on Seaports: Threat and Response

Date: October 8, 2002
Creator: Medalia, Jonathan
Description: None
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