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The White House, Homeland Security Presidential Directive 7 (HSPD-7): Critical Infrastructure Identification, Prioritization, and Protection (Dec. 17, 2003) (full-text).


HSPD-7, issued in December 2003, superseded PDD-63 and:

HSPD 7 did not encompass protection of Federal government informa­tion systems.

As of February 12, 2013, Presidential Policy Directive 21 revoked HSPD 7. However, the policy directive continues to assign sector-specific agencies and states that plans developed pursuant to HSPD 7 will remain in effect until specifically revoked or superseded.

Additional obligations[]

The Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), in coordination with the Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), must prepare on an annual basis a federal research and development (R&D) plan in support of the HSPD-7 directive. As the appropriate standing federal interagency forum, the Infrastructure Subcommittee[2] of the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) was tasked with the development of the annual R&D plan to address critical infrastructure protection (CIP) for the United States.

The HSPD-7 directive also required the development of a comprehensive, integrated National Infrastructure Protection Plan (NIPP). This R&D plan was developed in close coordination with the Interim NIPP, released in February 2005. In its first year, the focus of the R&D plan was twofold: (1) the creation of a baseline, including the identification of major research and technology development efforts within federal agencies, and (2) the articulation of a vision that takes into account future needs and identifies research gaps based on known threats. Agency capabilities and near term plans were mapped to R&D focus areas. With this baseline in place and a vision for the future identified, a roadmap and investment plan can be developed in the 2005 national critical infrastructure protection R&D planning effort.


  1. Each of the Sector-Specific Agencies developed a Sector-Specific Plan that details the application of the NIPP framework to the unique characteristics of their sector. The Critical Manufacturing Sector-Specific plan is under development.
  2. The Infrastructure Subcommittee is supported by two interagency working groups, namely Physical Structures and Systems and Critical Information Infrastructure Protection.