Protecting New York's infrastructure: improving overall safety and security through new partnerships and concentration on planning, engineering and design
McNamara, John M.
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The infrastructure that supports New York State and its citizens is constantly faced with threats that test its resilience. These threats range from those brought upon by nature, and man-made threats, such as those from terrorists. Understanding these threats are persistent, and the challenge of infrastructure protection is complex. Stakeholders must consider methods to mitigate risk. This paper seeks to answer two questions, both of which strive to decrease risk over the long term for the states citizens. First, what are the benefits and challenges of the state placing a greater focus on the planning, engineering, and design phase for new or significantly reconstructed infrastructure? Second, how could a new partnership model at the state level be designed to support infrastructure protection activities during this phase? To accomplish these two outcomes, three approaches focused on planning and design within the public and private sector are analyzed and compared. This paper expands upon the partnership incentives utilized to reach desired outcomes in such infrastructure programs. Finally, this research concludes that the state should do more to improve safety and security during the planning, engineering and design phase and recommends two parallel paths forward for implementation at the state level.
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