infrustructure in homeland security
Infrastructure is the framework of interdependent networks and systems that are made up of institutions, industries, and the distribution of capabilities that provide a reliable flow of products and services that have proven vital in effort to have a relatively smooth functioning government and society, as well as essential to the economic security and defense of the United States. Various examples of infrastructure include roads, waterways, and buildings.
The USA Patriot Act qualifies infrastructure as specifically critical when it is so vital to the United States that if it were to be destroyed or incapacitated, the United States’ security, public health or safety, and national economic security would be seriously damaged. Examples of critical infrastructure include shipping ports, specific government facilities, drinking water and water-treatment systems, and transportation systems.
Key resources are resources that can be either publicly or privately controlled that are considered essential to the minimal operations of the economy and the government, such as agriculture and food.
Critical infrastructure and key resources are incredibly important to national security and the lives of the American people. When streets are not properly maintained, it affects the lives of those that need to use them for travel in their daily lives. Furthermore, when water sources are improperly maintained, it can cause people to become gravely sick. These are two examples that cause a detriment to the lives of the American people. When the majority of Americans are stripped of basic resources, the United States as a whole is affected. It could cause them to rebel against the government, causing instability and unrest in the country. Our country is most successful when the morale of the people is higher. Ensuring that critical infrastructures and key resources are protected and maintained is one way to contribute to this.