National Science and
Committee on National Security
Terms of Reference for the Interagency Working Group on Critical
Infrastructure Protection (CIP) Research and Development (R&D)
The Interagency Working Group (IWG) on Critical Infrastructure
Protection Research and Development is established jointly under the Committee
on National Security (CNS) and the Committee on Technology (CT) of the National
Science and Technology Council (NSTC) to provide a forum within the NSTC for
developing consensus and resolving issues associated with coordinating R&D
agendas, policy, and programs related to critical infrastructure
protection. The purpose of the IWG is to coordinate multi-department,
multi-agency R&D in CIP technologies to satisfy the needs of the Federal
government for protecting critical infrastructures, and accelerate the
development and deployment of advanced CIP technologies.
The goal of the Interagency Working Group (IWG) is to define, develop,
coordinate and monitor critical infrastructure protection (CIP) research and
development agendas, policy, and programs for the Federal government.
The IWG will address Federal government research and development
programs that are applicable to the protection of the nation's critical
infrastructures. In particular, the IWG will foster collaborative multi-agency
R&D initiatives among Federal departments and agencies.
The IWG will operate jointly under the NSTC's Committee on
National Security and Committee on Technology.
The IWG will be chaired by the Office of Science and Technology
Policy; the Departments of Commerce and Defense will be deputy chairs.
Membership includes, but is not limited to, the Departments of State, Defense,
Treasury, Justice, Interior, Agriculture, Commerce, Labor, Health and Human
Services, Transportation, Energy, the Office of Management and Budget, the
National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the National Science Foundation,
the Central Intelligence Agency, the National Security Agency, the Arms Control
and Disarmament Agency, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Federal
Emergency Management Agency, the National Security Council, the National
Economic Council and the Office of Science and Technology Policy.
The activities of the IWG will include, but not be limited to, the
Coordinating the appropriate Federal government entities to identify
relevant long-term R&D objectives. The CIP Working Group will promote
consistent, detailed, and comprehensive communications among the government,
private sector, and academia in addressing existing and long-term R&D
requirements and programs.
Developing proposed critical infrastructure protection R&D
policy that will be provided to the NSTC.
Developing and updating annually a fully coordinated infrastructure
protection R&D agenda that addresses current and emerging infrastructure
protection requirements, which will be provided to the NSTC. The agenda
should leverage related R&D investment agendas and programs of other
departments and agencies and the private sector to the degree possible.
The agenda should make projections of long-term budget requirements. The
IWG will ensure the integration, coherence, and efficiency of R&D that is
applicable to meeting the needs and requirements of a national infrastructure
protection program. Key activities will include:
Comparing infrastructure protection R&D needs to current R&D
programs and identifying gaps.
Coordinating the progress of ongoing infrastructure protection
Identifying programs to meet needs, including the augmentation of
existing programs when deemed necessary.
Prioritizing, sequencing, and recommending specific R&D programs
to address critical needs.
Determining funding needed to execute the overall R&D
Identifying Federal investment levels for ongoing critical
infrastructure protection R&D.
Monitor other ongoing studies of CIP R&D needs, CIP R&D
agendas, and infrastructure vulnerabilities; ensure the timely distribution of
appropriate studies to government entities; and incorporate recommendations
from such studies as necessary and warranted.
The IWG will meet at least biweekly to develop a critical infrastructure
protection R&D agenda and associated policy, and thereafter at the
discretion of the Chair to monitor and coordinate the implementation of the
agenda and policy. Intra- and interagency coordination will also occur
between formal, scheduled IWG meetings.
By June 11, 1998, the IWG will complete a preliminary identification
of ongoing Federal critical infrastructure protection R&D programs.
This listing will be updated by September 3, 1998.
By August 15, 1998, the IWG will develop a list of R&D needs and
By October 16, 1998, the IWG will develop and deliver to the
Committee on National Security and the Committee on Technology a draft federal
government critical infrastructure protection R&D agenda. The IWG
will update this agenda annually.
By October 16, 1998, the IWG will submit an R&D plan and
approach to update the plan to the Principals Committee as specified in
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