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NATO meeting looks at critical infrastructure protection

Officials and experts from NATO Allies and partner countries met at NATO Headquarters recently to discuss critical infrastructure interdependencies and protection. Seven resilience baselines were considered: energy; communications; food and water; transportation; mass casualties; population movements; and continuity of government services.

Discussions at the meeting focused on establishing a shared awareness and understanding about the potential cascading impact of the degradation or failure of critical resilience sectors.

The meeting was part of NATO’s overall efforts to improve civil preparedness against a range of threats to its states and populations, through the implementation of the Resilience Commitment undertaken by NATO Heads of State and Government at the NATO Summit in Warsaw in 2016.

“Resilience is now the Alliance’s core business. It is critical for our deterrence and defence posture, as well as for the stability of our partners. Indeed, resilience is an essential first line of defence against a broad range of threats,” Dr. John Manza, NATO’s Assistant Secretary General for Operations highlighted.

The event brought together more than 230 government representatives, civil servants and civil preparedness experts from NATO countries and Interoperability Partner countries, as well as representatives from the European Commission, academia and industry.



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