Seeds of Disaster, Roots of Response: How Private Action Can Reduce Public Vulnerability

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  • Copyright: 2006-09-18
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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In the wake of 9/11 and hurricane Katrina, executives and policymakers are increasingly motivated to reduce the vulnerability of social and economic systems to disasters. Most prior work on 'critical infrastructure protection' has focused on the responsibilities and actions of government rather than on those of the private sector firms that provide most vital services. Seeds of Disaster, Roots of Response is the first systematic attempt to understand how private decisions and operations affect public vulnerability. It describes effective and sustainable approaches - both business strategies and public policies - to ensure provision of critical services in the event of disaster. The authors are business leaders from multiple industries and are experts in risk analysis, economics, engineering, organization theory and public policy. The book shows the necessity of deeply rooted collaboration between private and public institutions, and the accountability and leadership required to progress from words to action.

Table of Contents

List of Contributorsp. ix
Forewordp. xi
Prefacep. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xvii
Seeds of Disaster
Where Private Efficiency Meets Public Vulnerability: The Critical Infrastructure Challengep. 3
A Critical Challenge
A Nation Forewarned: Vulnerability of Critical Infrastructure in the Twenty-First Centuryp. 19
The Brittle Superpowerp. 26
Critical Infrastructure Protection in the United States Since 1993p. 37
Evolution of Vulnerability Assessment Methodsp. 51
Managing Organizations
Managing for the Unexpected: Reliability and Organizational Resiliencep. 71
Notes Toward a Theory of the Management of Vulnerabilityp. 77
Challenges of Assuring High Reliability When Facing Suicidal Terrorismp. 99
Managing for Reliability in an Age of Terrorismp. 121
Organizational Strategies for Complex System Resilience, Reliability, and Adaptationp. 135
Securing Networks
Complexity and Interdependence: The Unmanaged Challengep. 157
Managing Reliability in Electric Power Companiesp. 164
Coordinated and Uncoordinated Crisis Responses by the Electric Industryp. 194
Electricity: Protecting Essential Servicesp. 211
A Cyber Threat to National Security?p. 239
Interdependent Security in Interconnected Networksp. 258
Creating Markets
Insurance, the 14th Critical Sectorp. 279
National Security and Private-Sector Risk Management for Terrorismp. 292
Terrorism, Insurance, and Preparedness: Connecting the Dotsp. 305
Looking Beyond TRIA: A Clinical Examination of Potential Terrorism Loss Sharingp. 338
Financing Catastrophe Risk with Public and Private (Re)insurance Resourcesp. 379
Building Trust
Public-Private Collaboration on a National and International Scalep. 395
Information Sharing with the Private Sector: History, Challenges, Innovation, and Prospectsp. 404
Sharing the Watch: Public-Private Collaboration for Infrastructure Securityp. 429
The Paris Initiative, "Anthrax and Beyond": Transnational Collaboration Among Interdependent Critical Networksp. 457
Roots of Response
Leadership: Who Will Act? Integrating Public and Private Interests to Make a Safer Worldp. 483
Referencesp. 507
Contributorsp. 531
Author Indexp. 547
Subject Indexp. 548
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