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Infrastructure Science

We identify security and resilience gaps in our nation’s infrastructure and advise our partners in strategies to close those gaps.

Infrastructure systems—critical to delivering resources such as energy, water and wastewater, communications, transportation, and emergency services—are complex, interconnected, and distributed networks that integrate physical and cyber components. When these systems are disrupted, much can be in jeopardy - national security, economic security, and national public health and safety.

We combine the laboratory’s science and engineering capabilities, security expertise, and decision science to identify security and resilience gaps facing infrastructure systems, and identify actionable risk reduction and resilience enhancement strategies for public and private partners.

We apply the following capabilities in our work:

  • Modeling infrastructure systems. Our proven modeling tools simulate infrastructure system disruptions and their impacts for application in assessments, planning, exercises, and real-world incidents.
  • Assessing security and resilience. We have designed and implemented assessment methodologies with federal partners that allow public and private sector personnel to evaluate the security and resilience of individual assets, broader systems, and entire regions.
  • Analyzing strategic risks. Our assessments are versatile, ranging from highly technical to foundational frameworks. Our methodologies allow us to analyze infrastructure system interdependencies and critical nodes based on risk.
  • Supporting disaster response and recovery. We provide real-time situational awareness support to federal disaster response partners. Our analysis also informs long-term recovery decisions on rebuilding infrastructure.