Critical Infrastructure Resilience through Communication, Coordination, and Collaboration

September 10-11, 2018

Sandia National Laboratories in conjunction with George Mason University’s Schar School of Policy and Government and its Center for Energy Science and Policy and Centers on the Public Service invite you to attend its annual symposium on critical infrastructure resilience.


Critical infrastructure supports lifeline systems that are considered essential to the successful functioning of governance and society in the U.S. The efficient delivery of government services relies on a power grid functioning at full capacity, an operational and expansive communication network, a streamlined and efficient transportation system, and water infrastructure delivering clean and affordable water free of pollution.

The capacity and equity of these systems are pressing problems for all sectors—public, private, and nonprofit. The destruction of, or even inconsistency in, these systems would have a debilitating impact upon the economic security and vitality of the nation. Prioritizing the physical and operational condition of these systems will promote a sense of resilient governance and provide the necessities for human development and capability that expend beyond traditional physiological and safety needs.

Given the limited opportunities for an actual crisis-related experience, decision-making models have highlighted a need for operational diversity within collaborative partnerships. Information sharing is, therefore, a critical need for the effective and efficient administration of response activities. Each crisis makes available incident information and generates fertile insights toward the adoption of standardized procedures and superior policy choices.

The increased communication and enhanced cooperation in times of threats should, therefore, be recognized as important and viewed as a relevant means to ideological bridge building that aims to strengthen social cohesion and political confidence so that a more collaborative approach to emergency operations can be developed.

Speakers will include thought leaders, subject matter experts, practitioners, and academics to host a two-day, highly interactive session to discuss some of the major infrastructure challenges facing local, state, and the national governments and consider innovative strategies to ensure our national ability to govern our national infrastructure networks for the future


Panels and papers addressing critical infrastructure, resiliency, and sustainability are encouraged, especially those that focus on energy, transportation, communications, and water systems.

To submit a proposal, please provide a one-page document that includes: a paper title, contact information with title and organizational affiliation, suggested track from the bulleted list above, and a 250-word abstract (i.e. content description for what audience members will learn or be able to do when they leave the session).

Proposal submissions will begin on July 15, 2018. All proposals should be submitted to no later than August 5, 2018. Please be sure to include FRONTIERS in the subject line. Approval notifications will be made no later than August 15, 2018.


Schar School of Policy and Government, George Mason University, Founders Hall, 3351 Fairfax Drive, Arlington, Virginia 22201

The Schar School is proud to welcome attendees to its Arlington, Virginia campus. The School is within easy walking distance to Virginia Square metro station and several local restaurants, shops, and stores. For more information, see:


Monday, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM with Reception to Follow   /   Tuesday, 8:00 AM – 3:30 PM

More information to come.


Registration is required for all attendees. Registration includes both days of event participation, two sponsored lunches, all breaks, and a networking reception. One day registration rates and discounted rates for government officials is available.

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For more information, please contact Dr. Tonya T. Neaves at or 703-993-9377.


George Mason University is committed to providing equal opportunity and an educational and work environment free from any discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, marital status, pregnancy status or genetic information.  George Mason University shall adhere to all applicable state and federal equal opportunity/affirmative action statutes and regulations.

Sandia National Laboratories is a multimission laboratory managed and operated by National Technology and Engineering Solutions of Sandia LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Honeywell International Inc. for the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration under contract DE-NA0003525.

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Tonya T. Neaves

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Dr. Sheldon Edner

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