week7 discussion hmls

You have covered a lot of material in the past month and a half. Your understanding of infrastructure is now based on theoretical knowledge, as well as on the applied knowledge you have learned from the discussions and from your own personal experience. You have a solid grasp of the infrastructure sectors and subsectors, the interplay between the levels of government, and the role of the private sector. We have witnessed a lot of epic disasters this past year, and the wildfires in California are surely the worst. Last year the hurricane that destroyed the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico was also devastating, and the list goes on. We are experiencing unique and frightening issues related to global warming and the rise in coastal waters, both causing significant challenges to our infrastructure today, and they will only get worse in the years ahead. There is always the ever present danger from natural and man-made disasters, and we are far enough into this course where I want to provide a forum for you to discuss and debate any or all of these issues, or others if they are relevant. That is the topic for this week’s discussion. As usual, I will monitor it but will leave it to you to manage the scope and direction of the narrative. I know that many of you will want to discuss issues related to cyber security, for example. Someone else might want to discuss the effects of a tornado that destroyed their home or community. The list of relevant topics is unending. What is of interest to you?

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