Critical Infrastructure Protection: The Prevention of Terrorist Activity on West Coast Ports

GMA 400 - Senior Seminar Research

The West Coast of the United States is vulnerable to a wide variety of threats that can render local and national economies as non-operational. There are institutions and personnel specifically tasked to identify and create protection plans for critical infrastructure of the United States. The main document which provides a framework for defining critical infrastructure is the National Infrastructure Protection Plan (NIPP). The NIPP defines critical infrastructure as: any asset vital to United States’ security, economy, and safety. Today’s terrorists have the ability to not only inflict physical damage but non-tangible damage to ports. Ports on the West Coast may not be prepared to defend their area successfully because there is little framework to follow when creating a protection plan. West Coast ports need a standardized protection and resilience plan.