Government Facilities Sector Analysis

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Government Facilities Sector is one of the largest and most complex sectors of the 17 critical infrastructures that’s included in the National Infrastructure Protection Plan. The Department of Homeland Security, General Services Administration and the Federal Protective Service (FPS) were given the responsibilities as co-leads and Federal interface for this sector by PPD-21. The government facilities sector will arrange for the protection, safety, and security of all government assets, employees, and visitors to the facilities under its sector, as well as balanced management of physical and cyber risk, so that essential government functions and services are preserved without disruption. The execution of this will require GFS to reduce the nations…show more content…
Identifying and assessing the risks of facilities, that if attacked and damaged, would result in significant consequences, negative impact on national economic security, national public health and safety, public confidence, national governance, or some combination of these adverse outcomes is important. The order of precedence would follow the path of facilities, equipment, conveyances records, artifacts, and materials. With prioritized approaches put in place to mitigate the effects of incidents, the owners and operators of these facilities can make risk-informed decisions during incidents and following through with rapid response and restoration, even during times of limited resources. These actions not only allow for an increase in security, but it also strengthens resilience through such an approach that identifies and prioritizes these actions. The Government Facilities Sector (GFS) is in ownership of assets that are owned or operated by 56 states and territories, 3,031 counties, 85,973 local governments, and 566 tribal nations, totaling more than over 900,000 constructed assets (Homeland…show more content…
During these attacks, two jet airliners were flown into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center that contained offices that were occupied by U.S. government agencies and many businesses and organizations involved in finance and international trade, and one was flown into the Pentagon Building which is the nation's military headquarters located near Washington D.C. These assets were more than likely targeted because they provide unique services, perform sensitive functions, contain irreplaceable artifacts, and have significant symbolic value. The threat assessment process and analysis has shown that threats to any of our government facilities sectors usually involves natural and manmade events when the outcome of devastation is so severe. To minimize any further attacks on government facilities on that day, buildings such as the White House and offices of the federal government were evacuated, airplanes were grounded, U.S. stock exchanges stopped trading, and many businesses and public landmarks closed early and sent employees home (New World Encyclopedia, 2017). Even though the attacks on the World Trade Center was well documented and publicized, the FBI confiscated all footage from nearby businesses that may have had video recordings capturing the attacks on the Pentagon. The only evidence of Flight 77

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