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Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events (CREATE)

The nation’s critical infrastructures have a key life-saving and quality of life role, make an enormous contribution to the Gross Domestic Product, and have assets estimated at several trillions of dollars. Infrastructure systems are vulnerable to disruption by virtue of their typically large physical distribution networks and centralized production systems. Global terrorist attacks on infrastructure have shown that the effects can be catastrophic. Given the potential for cascading effects that could be exacerbated by interdependencies among infrastructure systems following an attack on the nation’s infrastructures, the U.S. government has placed a very high priority on their security. In the first year, New York University conducted a case study of electrical power outages to examine consequences including economic costs of potential terrorist attacks on that critical infrastructure. Regression models using non-terrorist outage data are used to estimate outage characteristics such as duration and customers lost which are then used to estimate consequences of potential terrorist attacks on these systems. In the second year, two projects are being undertaken. The first is to develop quantified indicators of critical infrastructure use, capacity, and spatial distributional characteristics as a basis for resource allocation priorities to protect those infrastructures. The second is an evaluation of critical infrastructure dependencies in border areas that potentially affect border security.

For a list of publications created as a part of the CREATE project from 2003-2007 please see

(updated January 2008)


Participating Institutions in CREATE: University of Southern California, New York University, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Structured Decisions Corporation. For further information on CREATE, see

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