Critical Infrastructure Protection Oral History Project

The Critical Infrastructure Protection Oral History Project documents the history of the nation’s efforts to protect what has come to be called critical infrastructure — the systems and structures that are vital to the smooth and safe functioning of our economy, society, and way of life. A major focus of the project is an ongoing interview program centered on the evolution of critical infrastructure protection — or CIP — during the 1980s and 1990s, up to the formation of the Department of Homeland Security in November 2002. Many of our interviewees are federal policymakers who have helped to shape and guide the CIP debate at the highest levels of government. The CIP Oral History Project website includes several components: a digital archive, online bibliography, historical overview, personal narratives, and an interactive timeline.