Critical Manufacturing Executives Outbrief

Updated: Apr 20, 2021

The Critical Manufacturing Sector is vulnerable to a variety of risks, including natural disasters, terrorism, cyberattacks, and geopolitical unrest. Central to the sector’s operations is the global transport of raw materials and finished products along large supply chains. Local or regional disruptions to critical suppliers can thus cascade across wide geographic regions and industries. With rising international commerce, manufacturers’ supply chains have grown more extensive, complex, and interdependent—involving potentially hundreds of suppliers in as many regions. A global web of transportation pathways, information technology, and cyber and energy networks have created supply chain efficiencies that not only enable just-in-time shipments and reduced inventories, but also decrease the ability to absorb disruptions.


The Critical Manufacturing Sector identified several industries to serve as the core of the sector. This includes:

  • Primary Metals Manufacturing

  • Iron and Steel Mills and Ferro Alloy Manufacturing

  • Alumina and Aluminum Production and Processing

  • Nonferrous Metal Production and Processing


  • Machinery Manufacturing

  • Engine and Turbine Manufacturing

  • Power Transmission Equipment Manufacturing

  • Earth Moving, Mining, Agricultural, and Construction Equipment Manufacturing


  • Electrical Equipment, Appliance, and Component Manufacturing

  • Electric Motor Manufacturing

  • Transformer Manufacturing

  • Generator Manufacturing


  • Transportation Equipment Manufacturing

  • Vehicles and Commercial Ships Manufacturing

  • Aerospace Products and Parts Manufacturing

  • Locomotives, Railroad and Transit Cars, and Rail Track Equipment Manufacturing


Products made by these manufacturing industries are essential to many other critical infrastructure sectors. The Critical Manufacturing Sector focuses on the identification, assessment, prioritization, and protection of nationally significant manufacturing industries within the sector that may be susceptible to manmade and natural disasters.


Sector-Specific Plan Goals and Priorities

Sector-Specific Plan Goals and Priorities Led by the DHS National Protection and Programs Directorate Office of Infrastructure Protection, the Critical Manufacturing Sector Coordinating Council (SCC), and Government Coordinating Council (GCC), the SSP represents a collaborative effort among the private sector; State, local, tribal, and territorial governments; nongovernmental organizations; and Federal departments and agencies to work toward achieving shared goals and priorities and to address the unique operating conditions and risk landscape of the Critical Manufacturing Sector. The sector’s goals for the next four years reflect the strategic direction of the sector and support the Joint National Priorities developed in 2014 by the national council structures described in NIPP 2013: 1. Improve information sharing and promote continuous learning. 2. Identify sector-specific risks. 3. Develop cost-effective strategies to reduce these risks. 4. Support research and development efforts and advanced planning to ensure rapid response and recovery.

How to Use the Sector

Specific Plan Commercial and government partners in the Critical Manufacturing Sector can use this SSP to develop individual paths forward as they address security challenges and build resilience within their unique risk management perspectives, priorities, and resources. This SSP also includes metrics that Critical Manufacturing Sector partners can use to measure their progress as they enhance the security and resilience of their facilities and management of waste.


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