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Measurable Resilience for Actionable Policy

Topics: Homeland Security Theory Policy and Practice, Critical Infrastructure Theory, Policy and Practice,

This article addresses previous failures to create a framework to inform resilience decisions and quantify resilience due to a lack of understanding of sustainable technological, ecological, and sociological networks. It describes two specific obstacles to resilience measurement in particular: the dominance of quantitative risk assessment, as opposed to resilience assessment, for design and management of systems and the fragmentation of resilience knowledge across disciplines. In response, it presents the Network Centric Warfare doctrine, which emphasizes shared situational awareness and decentralized decision-making, as it relates to disaster resilience. The result is a resilience matrix, which maps physical, information, cognitive, and social systems over the lifetime of an emergency and provides indicators to measure overall system resilience.

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