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NSTAC Report to the President on Telecommunications and Electric Power Interdependencies: The Implications of Long-Term Outages

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National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee, NSTAC Report to the President on Telecommunications and Electric Power Interdependencies: The Implications of Long-Term Outages (Jan. 31, 2006) (full-text).

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In the wake of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the 2003 North American blackout, and several devastating hurricane seasons, the interdependencies between the telecommunications and electric power sectors have become increasingly apparent. In response, the National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee’s (NSTAC) Industry Executive Subcommittee (IES) convened a task force in the spring of 2005 to investigate national security and emergency preparedness (NS/EP) issues associated with the interdependencies between these two sectors. This task force, the Telecommunications and Electric Power Interdependency Task Force (TEPITF), is charged with examining NS/EP concerns surrounding operational issues between the two sectors and how these interdependencies will affect the future of the telecommunications network.

This report addresses the Administration's concerns that telecommunications and electric power interdependencies may create additional vulnerabilities, particularly in emergency response situations. It establishes a baseline of the current state of interdependencies between the two sectors using the people involved and the processes between them as the lens for critical evaluation.

This report presents the NS/EP concerns associated with the interdependencies of the telecommunications and electric power sectors, focusing on the current operational issues between the sectors and how the interdependencies will affect both infrastructures.

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