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"[O]ur water systems rely on computer networks and telephone—the ability to use a telephone to dial in to perform maintenance on the water supply system. I didn't think about that stuff before."

"We no longer mobilize for war the way we used to. Everything depends on critical infrastructure—soldiers fly out on United Airlines and we use Federal Express. It's so intertwined in how we live that it's a national defense issue."

CIP Oral History Project interviewees

A key goal of the Critical Infrastructure Protection Oral History Project is to collect first-hand commentary about CIP policy and events. We welcome contributions from visitors to our website. The simple survey form below has been designed to walk you through the process of supplying us with insights and stories. By taking just a few minutes to share your thoughts, you’ll be helping to build an invaluable and permanent historical record of the many ways in which critical infrastructure touches everything from everyday life to national security.

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In what role or roles have you worked in the field of critical infrastructure protection? Public sector? Private sector? Both? When and how did you first encounter the issue of CIP?

Have you been associated with any of the major federal panels that have touched on CIP policy since the 1990s? For example, the Critical Infrastructure Working Group, the President’s Commission on Critical Infrastructure Protection, the Hart-Rudman Commission, or the Gilmore Commission? If so, please describe your role and share your thoughts on their processes and conclusions.

When you think about “critical infrastructure,” what comes to mind? How do you define the term? Can you offer examples?

Based on your experience in CIP, what have been the THREE most important developments in the field? Briefly explain your choices, please.

Critical infrastructure protection is now considered a national security issue, especially after the events of September 11. Can you share any thoughts or stories about your own experience with disruption of a service or system that had serious safety or security consequences? What lessons, if any, could be drawn from the incident for application to future events?

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