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NISAC  National Infrastructure Simulation and Analysis Center





CONTACTS

  • NISAC Leaders
    Alan Berscheid
    James C. Doyle
    Brian Edwards
  • Group Office
    (505) 667-2266
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National Infrastructure Simulation and Analysis Center (NISAC)

Understanding the interdependency of infrastructure systems is a crucial aspect in maintaining the integrity of U.S. infrastructure systems. Protecting these systems is one of the highest national security concerns, but to protect them we must first understand how they interact. The National Infrastructure Simulation and Analysis Center (NISAC) models, simulates, and analyzes the Nation’s critical infrastructure and key resources (CIKR) to assess the technical, economic, and national security implications of infrastructure protection, mitigation, response, and recovery options.

What we need to know about infrastructure systems...

  • How do the risks to infrastructures impact national security?
  • What are the threats to infrastructure systems, communities, and the economy?
  • Are certain systems, networks, parts of the country more at risk than others? Why?
  • Have interdependencies increased or changed the risks?
  • Are there trends in the evolution of the infrastructures toward more vulnerable conditions or configurations?
  • How can we reduce the risks to infrastructures?

Mission

NISAC’s mission is to protect the Nation by assessing the technical, economic, population, and national security implications of infrastructure protection, mitigation, response, and recovery options.

Infrastructure Protection, Mitigation, Response

Application of NISAC model to an industrial chemical accident

Application of the Quick Urban & Industrial Complex (QUIC) dispersion model to an industrial accident involving a simultaneous release of chlorine and hydrogen fluoride. These snapshots at t = 5, 15, 30, and 45 seconds evaluated the timeline for emergency response. Note that the infiltration model indicated that persons indoors had significantly more time to put on personal protection equipment. (Click to enlarge)

NISAC experts model and analyze the complexities of critical infrastructures to help decision makers understand infrastructure protection, mitigation, response, and recovery options. The NISAC work helps decision makers prepare for and respond to physical, economic, and security implications of the loss or disruption of infrastructures.

Expertise in Modeling and Simulation

NISAC leverages LANL's well-established expertise in the modeling and simulation of complex systems. Our expertise provides advanced modeling, simulation, and analysis capabilities focused on studying critical national infrastructures, their interdependencies, vulnerabilities, and complexities.

 

NISAC Capability Highlights

Comprehensive Experience, Unique Insight

EpiSimS-computed impact of school closures for a 1918-like pandemic influenza.

EpiSimS-computed impact of school closures for a 1918-like pandemic influenza. As the schools re-open, new infection waves appear for B and C. (Click to enlarge)

Through its comprehensive experience analyzing disruptions to the nation's infrastructure, NISAC has gained unique insight into the vulnerabilities and failure modes of a broad selection of individual infrastructure sectors and areas. These infrastructure areas include energy, transportation, water, port and international trade, telecommunications and information, public health, and financial systems.

Who We Are

NISAC is comprised of Department of Homeland Security program management and outreach personnel in Washington, D.C., and technical analytical staff at Los Alamos and Sandia national laboratories. Congress mandated that NISAC serve as a “source of national expertise to address critical infrastructure protection” research and analysis.
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