Featured Subject Matter Expert Research Corner
Dr. Thornton has recently recorded two podcasts discussing the resiliency in the nation’s 16 critical infrastructure sectors. She has also recorded podcasts discussing disaster response and recovery, and presented a webinar on the role of communication, coordination, and collaboration for critical infrastructure resilience.
Critical Infrastructure Resilience
Critical infrastructure (CI) is not only essential for the successful functioning of governance and society, it is a critical element to homeland defense and security. A power grid functioning at full capacity, an operational and expansive communication network, a streamlined and efficient transportation system, and water infrastructure delivering clean and affordable water free of pollution are all necessary toward ensuring national security. The United States has identified 16 critical sectors that serve as vital assets, systems, and networks. Instability in these systems could have a debilitating impact upon the economic security and vitality of the nation. Prioritizing the physical, operational, and virtual condition of these systems and ensuring their resilience will foster a sense of confidence and promote a culture of sustainability. These podcasts explore these matters and offer potential suggestions to increase critical infrastructure resiliency.
Disaster Emergency Response and Recovery
In part one of this two-part podcast, HDIAC analyst Amber Garvey interviews Dr. Tonya Thornton, the Director for Extramural Projects at George Mason University’s Schar School of Policy and Government. The discussion begins with Dr. Thornton defining terminology used to describe and classify disasters today.
The second installment of this two-part podcast continues the conversation with Dr. Thornton on disaster emergency response and recovery. In this part of the series, Dr. Thornton discusses the difference between social production of disasters and disaster social constructs, the etiological difference of disasters, and recommendations to ensure optimal response and recovery.
Critical Infrastructure Resilience through Communication, Coordination, and Collaboration
This presentation focuses on the role of communication, coordination, and collaboration for critical infrastructure resilience. The webinar will discuss the increasing importance of multi-stakeholder partnerships – across the public, private, and academic sectors – in promoting resilience within and across the four increasingly interdependent critical infrastructure sectors: energy, transportation, water, and communications.