An intelligence network being developed at the Pentagon will enable military leaders to monitor disasters as they happen. The network will pro- vide a common operating picture, allowing offi- cials to better plan for and react
to events adversely affecting the critical
infrastructure and the military mission.
The Defense Critical Infrastructure
Intelligence Network will allow officials to monitor natural disasters that could damage critical infrastructure
assets, which would negatively impact the department’s
ability to defend the nation. The network also will help
the military maintain situational awareness and make
more informed decisions during “no-notice” catastrophes, including manmade disasters, such as bombings
or cyber attacks.
“We’re looking at ways to not only have an excellent
situational awareness and have a common operating pic-
ture but a common database system that allows us to com-
pare apples to apples, that allows us to store information
in such a way that there’s transparency and there’s a good
analytic database whereby experts who are looking at
the same problem from different perspectives can pro-
vide analysis in a standardized fashion so that we can
make qualitative as well as quantitative decisions,” reveals
Charles Kosak, deputy assistant secretary of defense for
defense continuity and mission assurance in the Office of
the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy.
The network will include data at multiple classifications. “It would be enclaved in such a way that you
would have communities that would have access at
the top secret levels and then other communities that
would have access at other levels,” Kosak reports.
The system will be especially helpful for events in
which officials have advance notice. “We’re trying to
build a capability that when we see a cone of a hurricane, for example, going across a swath of territory, we
have enough information on that common operating
picture that we can understand what can be impacted,
what the potential loss of those capabilities means and
BY GEORGE I.
A B- 2 stealth bomber leads an aerial flight formation during a major exercise in the
Philippine Sea. Attacks on the U.S. critical infrastructure could impact the Defense
Department’s ability to effectively perform its national defense mission, but high-ranking officials in the Pentagon are developing a Defense Critical Infrastructure
Intelligence Network to maintain a common operating picture during crises.
U.S. Defense Department Developing
Critical Infrastructure Intelligence Network
The system will provide a common operating picture during disasters.