The purpose of the RC3 is to understand, connect, enable and build partnerships to enhance the protection of the critical infrastructure of the United States and the resilience of our communities.
- Currently, the RC3 has 34 organizations (members) that represent 37 States and 10 metropolitan areas.
- Coordination across government jurisdictions is crucial, the chair of the State, Local, Tribal, and Territorial Government Coordinating Council (SLTTGCC) is a standing member of the RC3.
RC3’s activities place emphasis on enhancing the physical, cyber, and personnel security of infrastructure; emergency preparedness; and overall industrial and governmental continuity and resilience of one or more States, urban areas, or municipalities.
The Partnership Model outlined in the National Infrastructure Protection Plan (NIPP) encourages formation of Sector Coordinating Councils (SCCs) and Government Coordinating Councils (GCCs) for each sector, as well as cross-sector councils for government and private sector engagement. These include councils to coordinate the perspectives of state, local, tribal, and territorial governments and regional initiatives. The Regional Consortium Coordinating Council (RC3) provides the final piece of the partnership. It was established in 2008 to bring together established regional entities into a unified forum for coordination with DHS and the established CIKR sector framework. RC3 Goals include:
- Promoting and fostering protection and resilience efforts
- Developing a national policy framework for regional infrastructure protection, prevention, deterrence, response, recovery, and longer-term restoration
- Providing the foundation for regional cross-sector collaboration
- Fostering the development of risk-based protection and mitigation measures to enable measurable progress towards robust security and disaster resilience
- Enhancing the education and awareness of critical infrastructure interdependencies
RC3 Executive Committee Members:
- August Geisinger, Safeguard Iowa Partnership
- Ian Hay, SouthEast Emergency Response Network (SEERN)
- Matthew Morrison, Pacific Northwest Economic Region (PNWER)
- Peter Ohtaki, California Resiliency Alliance
- Stan Stavro, FS-ISAC – Business Resiliency Committee and ChicagoFIRST, LLC
- Brian Tishuk, FS-ISAC – Business Resiliency Committee and RPCfirst
- Jesse Truax, Safeguard Iowa Partnership