For Immediate Release
January 30, 1997
Contact: Nelson McCouch
Commission Studying National Infrastructure Protection
President Designates Industry Leader to Head Effort
WASHINGTON - Aerospace executive Robert T. "Tom" Marsh announced the launch of the
public outreach phase of the President's Commission on Critical
Infrastructure Protection. Marsh was recently designated by President
Clinton as chairman of the Commission. Its task is to make
recommendations to the President on the protection and continued
operation of the nation's critical infrastructures.* The Commission will
hold a series of public hearings this year to give interested individuals
and organizations the opportunity to exchange ideas with
"There is a widespread recognition that the nature and scope of the
threat to America's critical infrastructures has changed as a result of
advances in technology, particularly information technology and
telecommunications," Marsh said. "The anecdotal evidence is sufficient
to warrant a serious collaborative effort to address this problem."
Marsh went on to say that our country's infrastructures, such as
telecommunications, electric power, and banking and finance, are the
critical life support systems of our nation. "With industry, government
and the public working together toward solutions, the infrastructures we
enjoy today will have a secure future," he added.
Marsh noted that there was no cause for alarm, and the creation of the
Commission may be one of the few times when government is calling for
action before a crisis occurs, rather than after-the-fact.
Based on the Executive Order, the Commission is reviewing eight
infrastructures critical to the security of the United States for
economic or national defense reasons: telecommunications,
transportation, electric power, oil and gas delivery and storage, banking
and finance, water supply systems, emergency services (medical, police,
fire and rescue), and continuity of government services.
Marsh, former chairman of the board of Thiokol Corporation and a retired Air
Force general, has broad experience in the aerospace industry. He is the
chairman of the board of CAE Electronics, Inc. and Comverse Government
Systems Corp. He is a director of Teknowledge Corp. and a trustee of the
MITRE Corp. He is also the director of the Air Force Aid Society.
The Commission has a web site at
<http://www.pccip.gov/> and encourages all
interested parties to visit the site to learn more about the Commission
and share their views.
The Commission was established by Executive Order 13010.
*Critical infrastructures are systems so vital that their
incapacity or destruction would have a debilitating impact upon the defense or economic
security of the United States.