USOECD Science Fellow Igor Linkov delivered a presentation on resilience at a recent meeting of the New Approaches to Economic Challenges (NAEC) initiative at the OECD. Linkov is the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Risk and Decision Science Focus Area Lead and was a Science Fellow at USOECD throughout spring 2017.
In his presentation, entitled “The Risk of Not Being Resilient,” Dr. Linkov detailed the science behind the study of resilience and emphasized the importance of resilience to both the public and private sectors, in addition to its significant role in preserving national security. Dr. Linkov also analyzed the OECD’s studies on resilience and provided the OECD with recommendations on steps to improve resilience across the vast span of OECD policy recommendations.
The June 12 NAEC seminar, entitled “Resilience: State of Science and Practice within the OECD,” gave Dr. Linkov the opportunity to present his work on the science of resilience to a packed room of officials from OECD Member States and various OECD Directorates
In introducing Dr. Linkov to the assembled attendees at the seminar, USOECD Acting Deputy Chief of Mission, Andy Snow, outlined the work of the U.S. Government in the field of resilience. He detailed the Administration’s work to promote strong and resilient networks, particularly in the areas of infrastructure and cybersecurity, and highlighted NATO’s commitment to cooperation in advancing resilience as an essential part of its mission to ensure mutual defense. Snow emphasized the importance of resilience for the United States, NATO, and the OECD to ensure societies can “absorb, respond to, and recover from, the many threats arrayed against us in an increasingly complex world.”