Executive Roundtable Details:

International Public/Private Sector Mobilization
 Around the 16 Critical Infrastructures

The day-and-a-half Roundtable begins at 8:00 a.m. with a full day of strategy breakouts followed by dinner.

The U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security will facilitate the Roundtable’s second day as an interactive workshop using the first day’s outputs as its starting point. This second day begins at 8:00 a.m. with an update from Commander of the U.S. Northern Command who has been asked by the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to represent him at the roundtable. USNORTHCOM is the military command responsible for homeland defense.

Background of Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) as a Mobilization Framework

In the United States, Presidential Directives prioritize the protection of 16 Critical Infrastructures and five Key Asset areas. By nature, the problem goes beyond the purview of any government or alliance of governments. As the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has emphasized, 85 percent of the infrastructures and assets that DHS is responsible for protecting are owned or controlled by the private sector. The Roundtable aims to advance the public/private mobilization strategies for the global protection of these infrastructures and assets.

In terms of the DHS Strategic Plan’s terminology, this Roundtable will emphasize the public/private collaboration required to mobilize around:
  1. Pre-incident strategies for Awareness, Prevention, Protection
  2. Post-incident strategies for Recovery
By leveraging existing efforts, programs, and initiatives, this Roundtable will detail the executive agenda and strategies for mobilization. The session will build on the U.S. Government Sector-Specific Plans developed by each of the 16 sectors’ responsible agencies.

Benchmarking Partners Background

Benchmarking Partners and its Global Benchmarking Center for Security and Trade focus on large-scale mobilization and inter-enterprise collaboration in the private and public sectors. Benchmarking Partners was founded in 1994 with funding from the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology. The firm has worked with hundreds of the leading multinational corporations and governments on six continents and across the 16 infrastructures. Benchmarking Partners is best known for its lead role in designing Wal-Mart's system for Internet-based collaboration with Wal-Mart's supply base and in the roll-out of that Collaborative Planning, Forecasting, and Replenishment system into a global industry standard

Benchmarking Partners’ senior experts co-developed and teach a semester-long course for graduate students and executives on the business case for effectiveness/efficiency and security in global trade. Since 1998, Benchmarking Partners has been teaching the course at Wharton, MIT, and the University of Chicago’s Graduate School of Business. The Global Benchmarking Center for Security and Trade also maintains a worldwide alliance of business school faculty and researchers for best practice analysis and development.

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