Announcing My Fellowship with Mission Critical

I am delighted to announce that I have become a fellow at Mission Critical, a non-profit organization critically focused on enhancing the security and resilience of the 16 critical infrastructure sectors in the United States. These sectors, including energy, transportation, finance, and healthcare, are essential for the smooth functioning of our daily lives. Securing these sectors is of paramount importance to national security. 


This new fellowship is complimentary with my ongoing work at the Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology (ICIT). Both organizations strive towards a common goal: enhancing the security and resilience of the nation’s critical infrastructures. While both are dedicated to this important mission, they each offer distinct approaches and perspectives.

What is Mission Critical?

Mission Critical facilitates collaboration between academia, industry, and government to develop and disseminate interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed, technical, and non-technical research focused on improving the security and resilience of the 16 critical infrastructure sectors in the United States. These sectors, vital to the nation's well-being, include areas such as energy, transportation, finance, and healthcare.

The Core Objectives of Mission Critical

  1. Enhancing Sector Security and Resilience: The primary focus is bolstering the security framework and enhancing the resilience of these sectors against threats, including cyber threats, physical attacks, and other disruptions.
  2. Fostering Collaboration: Mission Critical brings together thought leaders, policymakers, and key stakeholders to work collaboratively across disciplines. This approach is vital to developing comprehensive protection strategies.
  3. Elevating National Dialogue: The organization actively raises awareness and drives conversations around critical infrastructure and information security, aiming to create a more informed and prepared society.

Research and Non-Partisan Commitment

Mission Critical is committed to rigorous and unbiased research. It undertakes interdisciplinary studies, upheld through a thorough peer review process, ensuring credibility and objectivity. This non-partisan approach, free from political or personal biases, establishes trust in the information provided.

My Role 

As one of the founding members and a fellow of Mission Critical, I will be contributing my expertise and insights not only to develop and review research papers but also to influence and shape effective government policies. 


I look forward to sharing more about my experiences and the advancements we make at Mission Critical.

Pete Slade
December 18, 2023