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Research Areas:

   Energy, Environment, and

   National and Homeland

   Infrastructure Assurance

   Emergency Preparedness

   Social Dynamics

   Policy Analysis

Core Capabilities:

   Systems Analysis

   Modeling, Simulation, and

   Complex Adaptive Systems

   Decision Support and Risk

   Information Sciences

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Infrastructure Assurance Center

Argonne National Laboratory’s Infrastructure Assurance Center (IAC) is focused on assuring the security and resilience of U.S. critical infrastructure and key resources that are threatened with disruption from natural hazards, accidents, or deliberate acts, such as terrorist attacks. The impacts of such disruptions—including impacts to human health and safety, the economy, public confidence, and national security—must be understood in order to have effective risk management.

The IAC’s capabilities are varied and far-reaching and include physical and cyber security analysis, modeling and simulation, risk (vulnerability, consequence, threat) analysis and technology integration, as well as capabilities to support the entire preparedness spectrum. The goal is to prevent, protect, respond to, and recover from all hazards, including conventional, chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear terrorism.

Significant components of IAC expertise include:

  • Vulnerability assessments of the nation’s critical infrastructure and key resources
  • Integrated technologies to mitigate impacts from chemical or biological attacks on interior infrastructures, such as subways, airports, and public buildings
  • Methods and tools developed for infrastructure owners and operators to increase awareness of security issues
  • Approaches for collaborating with community emergency planners and local utilities to develop procedures that municipalities can use to prevent, respond to, and recover from disruptions to infrastructures
  • Tools that provide insights for making sound decisions about critical infrastructure protection and resilience, taking into account interdependencies
  • Analyses of infrastructure disruptions and system behavior, focusing on the interdependencies between various types of critical infrastructure and key resources

The IAC has been, and continues to be, a leader in identifying and analyzing the potential for cascading impacts that can result from disruptions to one or more types of infrastructure. The IAC is continuing to develop better methods to detect events affected by infrastructure interdependency and to identify improved technologies and procedures to prevent, protect against, respond to, and recover from disruptions.

For more information, contact:
David Brannegan, Director
Infrastructure Assurance Center
Argonne National Laboratory
9700 South Cass Avenue, Bldg. 221
Argonne, IL 60439
Phone: 630-252-0932
E-mail David Brannegan

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