Critical Infrastructure in the Face of a Predatory Future: Preparing for Untoward Surprise



The editors of this special issue asked Todd LaPorte to reflect on the issues that emerge from the discussions in this special issue and, more in general, from the discussions that have proliferated in the wake of recent crises and disasters. In his contribution, Professor LaPorte contemplates what political leaders can do to prepare for catastrophic surprises. A crucial initiative, he argues, would be the initiation of a public discussion about the level of distress that a society is willing to accept in the pursuit of efficient, reliable critical infrastructures.