People are essential to the security and resilience of our Nation’s critical infrastructure sectors. The consequences of an ill-prepared critical infrastructure workforce are just as devastating as those caused by natural disasters or physical or cyber attacks on our systems. Historically, however, we have failed to elevate, prioritize, and adequately invest in the development and preparedness of our greatest resource: the people who are central to keeping our Nation safe, secure, and globally competitive.
We currently have no overarching national plan of action that provides fact-informed guidance and analysis in the critical area of workforce development and readiness. To address this gap, the U.S. National Security Council (NSC) asked the President’s National Infrastructure Advisory Council (NIAC) to examine the challenges facing the critical infrastructure workforce and investigate the potential risks such challenges pose to U.S. national security.
We have a unique opportunity in this moment to put American workers first and ensure they remain a priority for generations to come. Together, we can create the critical infrastructure workforce our Nation needs now and sustain it long into the future.