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Infrastruktura krytyczna państwa jako obszar potencjalnego oddziaływania terrorystycznego
State Critical Infrastructure as an Area of Potential Terrorist Acts

Author(s): Marian Żuber
Subject(s): Governance, Public Administration, Public Law, Government/Political systems, Security and defense, Military policy, Welfare systems, Studies in violence and power, Peace and Conflict Studies
Published by: Wydawnictwo Naukowe Dolnośląskiej Szkoły Wyższej
Keywords: national security;critical infrastructure;international terrorism;terrorist attack;

Summary/Abstract: The term “critical infrastructure” describes those physical facilities, supply chains, information technologies and communication networks that, if destroyed, degraded or rendered unavailable for an extended period, would significantly impact the social or economic well-being of the nation or affect ability to conduct national defence and ensure national security. In the article the author presents terrorist threats to the objects of critical infrastructure, which include assassinations, kidnappings, hijackings, bomb scares and bombings, cyber attacks (computer-based), and the use of chemical, biological, nuclear and radiological weapons. High-risk targets for acts of terrorism include military and civilian government facilities, international airports, large cities, and high-profile landmarks. Terrorists might also target large public gatherings, water and food supplies, utilities and corporate centers. Furthermore, terrorists are capable of spreading fear by sending explosives or chemical and biological agents through the mail. The paper describes examples of the terrorist attacks on the elements of critical infrastructure in the history of modern international terrorism. In the end of the article the author presents methods of protecting the critical infrastructure against threats, especially against terrorists attacks.

  • Issue Year: 8/2014
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 178-197
  • Page Count: 20
  • Language: Polish